Vertex Standard | Yaesu VX-2R | Specifications | Vertex Standard Yaesu VX-2R Specifications

VHF/UHF
ULTRA-COMPACT DUAL-BAND TRANSCEIVER
WITH WIDE BAND COVERAGE
OPERATING MANUAL
VERTEX STANDARD CO., LTD.
4-8-8 Nakameguro, Meguro-Ku, Tokyo 153-8644, Japan
VERTEX STANDARD
US Headquarters
10900 Walker Street, Cypress, CA 90630, U.S.A.
International Division
8350 N.W. 52nd Terrace, Suite 201, Miami, FL 33166, U.S.A.
YAESU EUROPE B.V.
P.O. Box 75525, 1118 ZN Schiphol, The Netherlands
YAESU UK LTD.
Unit 12, Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0LB, U.K.
VERTEX STANDARD HK LTD.
Unit 5, 20/F., Seaview Centre, 139-141 Hoi Bun Road,
Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contents
General Description .......................................... 1
Controls & Connections ................................... 2
Keypad Functions ............................................ 3
Display Icons & Indicators ............................. 3
Accessories & Options ...................................... 4
Installation of Accessories ................................ 5
Antenna Installation ........................................ 5
Installation of the Supplied Belt Clip ............. 5
Installation of FNB-82LI Battery Pack .......... 6
Interface of Packet TNCs ................................. 7
Operation ............................................................ 8
Switching Power On and Off .......................... 8
Adjusting the Volume Level ........................... 8
Squelch Adjustment ........................................ 9
Selecting the Operating Band ....................... 10
Frequency Navigation ................................... 11
Transmission ................................................. 12
Keyboard Locking ......................................... 13
Keypad/LCD Illumination ............................ 14
Disabling the Keypad Beeper ....................... 14
Advanced Operation ....................................... 15
Checking the Battery Voltage ....................... 15
Changing the Channel Steps ......................... 15
Changing the Receiving Mode ..................... 16
Display Dimmer ............................................ 16
RF Squelch .................................................... 17
Repeater Operation ....................................... 18
CTCSS Operation .......................................... 21
DCS Operation .............................................. 22
Tone Search Scanning ................................... 23
CTCSS/DCS Bell Operation ......................... 24
Split Tone Operation ..................................... 24
Tone Calling (1750 Hz) ................................ 25
ARTS (Automatic Range Transponder System) ....... 26
DTMF Operation ........................................... 29
Emergency Channel Operation ..................... 31
ATT (Front End Attenuator) ......................... 31
Receive Battery Saver Setup ......................... 32
TX Battery Saver ........................................... 32
Automatic Power-Off (APO) Feature ........... 33
Transmitter Time-Out Timer (TOT) ............. 34
Busy Channel Lock-Out (BCLO) ................. 34
Changing the TX Deviation Level ................ 35
Memory Mode .................................................. 36
Regular Memory Operation .......................... 37
Memory Storage ........................................ 37
Storing Independent
Transmit Frequencies (“Odd Split”) ........ 37
Memory Recall .......................................... 38
HOME Channel Memory ......................... 38
Labeling Memories ................................... 39
Memory Offset Tuning ............................. 40
Masking Memories ................................... 41
Moving Memory Data to the VFO ........... 41
Mem0ory Bank Operation ........................ 42
Memory Only Mode .................................. 43
Special Memory Channel Operation ............ 44
Weather Broadcast Channels .................... 44
VHF Marine Channels .............................. 45
Sort-wave Broadcast Station
Memory Channels ..................................... 46
Scanning ............................................................ 47
VFO Scanning ............................................... 48
How to skip (Omit) a Frequency
during VFO Scan ...................................... 49
Memory Scanning ......................................... 50
Temporary Memory Skip .......................... 50
How to Skip (Omit) a Channel
during Memory Scan Operation ............... 50
Preferential Memory Scan ........................ 51
Programmable (Band Limit) Memory Scan
(PMS) ............................................................. 52
“Priority Channel” Scanning
(Dual Watch) ................................................. 52
Automatic Lamp Illumination
on Scan Stop .................................................. 53
Band Edge Beeper ......................................... 53
Smart Search Operation ................................. 54
Channel Counter Operation .......................... 56
Internet Connection Feature .......................... 58
Sensor Mode ..................................................... 68
Reset Procedures ............................................. 60
Cloning .............................................................. 61
Set Mode ........................................................... 62
Specifications .................................................... 74
“AUTO” Mode Preset Operating Parameters .... 75
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The VX-2R is a micro-miniature multiband FM transceiver
with extensive receive frequency coverage, providing local-area two-way amateur communications along with unmatched monitoring capability.
The VX-2R’s incredibly small size allows you to take it
anywhere - hiking, skiing, or while walking around town and its operating flexibility brings the user many avenues
of operating enjoyment. Its incredibly tiny FNB-82LI
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack provides up to 1½ Watts of transmit power on VHF, and 1 Watt on UHF. Besides 144- and
430-MHz transceive operation, the VX-2R provides receive coverage of the AM (MF) and FM broadcast bands,
HF Shortwave Bands, VHF and UHF TV bands, the VHF
AM aircraft band, and a wide range of commercial and
public safety frequencies!
Additional features include a convenient access key for
Vertex Standard’s WIRESTM (Wide-Coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System), a transmit Time-Out Timer
(TOT), Automatic Power-Off (APO), Automatic Repeater
Shift (ARS), Yaesu’s exclusive ARTSTM (Auto-Range Transponder System) which “beeps” the user when you move
out of communications range with another ARTSTM
equipped station, plus provision for reduction of the TX
deviation in areas of high channel congestion. And an RF
squelch circuit allows the owner to set the squelch to open
at a programmable setting of the S-Meter, thus reducing
guesswork in setting the squelch threshold.
We appreciate your purchase of the VX-2R, and encourage you to read this manual thoroughly, so as to learn about
the many exciting features of your exciting new Yaesu
hand-held transceiver!
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CONTROL & CONNECTIONS
ANTENNA
Connect the supplied rubber flex antenna (or another
antenna presenting
a 50-Ohm impedance) here.
PTT (Push To Talk)
Press this switch to
transmit, and release it (to receive)
after your transmission is completed.
MONI
Pressing this key
disables the noise
squelching action,
allowing you to hear
very weak signals
near the background noise level.
POWER
Press and hold in
this switch for one
second to toggle the
transceiver’s power
on and off.
KEYPAD
These seven keys
select many of most
important operating
features on the VX2R. The functions of
the keys are described in detail on
the pages to follow.
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MIC/SP
This four-conductor
miniature jack provides connection
points for microphone audio, earphone audio, PTT,
and ground.
VOLUME
This control adjusts
the audio volume
level. Clockwise rotation increases the
volume level.
DIAL
The main tuning Dial
is used for setting
the operating frequency, and also is
used for menu selections and other
adjustments.
BUSY/TX
This indicator glows
green when the
squelch opens, and
turns red during
transmit. During
“Emergency” operation See page 31,
this indicator will
glow (or flash) white.
EXT DC
This coaxial DC jack
allows connection to
an external DC
power source (3.27.0V DC). The center pin of this jack is
the Positive (+) connection.
MIC
The internal microphone is located
here.
SPEAKER
The internal
speaker is located
here.
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CONTROL & CONNECTIONS
KEYPAD F UNCTIONS
Key
Press Key
Press + [F/W] Key
Press and Hold Key
[BAND] Key
Moves operation to the
next-highest frequency
band.
Activates the “Memory
Bank” feature while in the
Memory Recall mode.
Moves operation to the
next-lowest frequency
band.
Activates the Scanner.
[H/L] Key
Switches the transmit
power output between
“HI” and “LOW.”
Selects the synthesizer
steps to be used during
VFO operation.
Enters the Set (Menu)
Mode.
[V/M ] Key
Switches frequency control between the VFO and
Memory Systems.
Activates the “Memory
Tune” function while in
the Memory Recall mode.
Activates the Dual Watch
feature.
[F/W] Key
Activates the “Alternate”
key function.
Disables the “Alternate”
key function.
Activates the “Memory
Write” mode (for memory
channel storage).
[HM/RV] Key
Reverses the transmit
and receive frequencies
while working through a
repeater.
Switches operation to the
“Home” (favorite frequency) channel.
Activates the “Emergency” Function. See
page 31.
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Activates the WIRESTM
(Internet Connection) feature.
Recalls the “Weather
Broadcast” channels and
Short-wave broadcast
station channels.
Activates the ARTSTM
feature.
Switches the operating
mode.
Activates CTCSS or DCS
operation.
Activates the Smart
SearchTM and Channel
Counter features.
] Key
[MD] Key
LCD DISPLAY
Repeater Shift Direction
Operating Band Number or
Memory Channel Number
CTCSS/DCS Operation
Internet Connection Feature Active
Skip Memory Channel or
Preferential Memory Channel
Priority Channel
Operating Frequency
Dual Watch Active
Bell Alerm Active
Alt. Keypad Active
Battery Indicator
Operating Mode
S- & PO Meter
Low TX Power Selected
Battery Saver Active
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Key Lock Active
Automatic Power-Off Active
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ACCESSORIES & OPTIONS
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES
FNB-82LI
3.7 V, 1000 mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack .......... 1
NC-85B, C, or Uø 2.5-Hour Charger ...................................................................... 1
Belt Clip ..................................................................................................................... 1
Antenna ...................................................................................................................... 1
Operating Manual ........................................................................................................ 1
Warranty Card ............................................................................................................. 1
AVAILABLE OPTIONS
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CSC-90
CN-3
VC-25
MH-34B4B
MH-37A4B
CT-27
CT-44
FNB-82LI
E-DC-21
NC-85B, C, Uø
Soft Case
BNC-to-SMA Adapter
VOX Headset
Speaker/Microphone
Ear piece/Microphone
Cloning Cable
Microphone Adapter
3.7 V, 1000 mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack
DC Cable w/Cigarette-Lighter Adapter
2.5-Hour Charger
ø: “B” suffix is for use with 120 VAC, “C” suffix is for use with 230-240 VAC, and “U”
suffix is for use with 230 VAC.
Availability of accessories may vary. Some accessories are supplied as standard per local
requirements, while others may be unavailable in some regions. Consult your Yaesu dealer
for details regarding these and any newly-available options Connection of any non-Yaesuapproved accessory, should it cause
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INSTALLATION OF ACCESSORIES
ANTENNA INSTALLATION
The supplied antenna provides good results over the entire frequency range
of the transceiver. However, for enhanced base station medium-wave and
shortwave reception, you may wish to connect an external (outside) antenna, as the supplied antenna is very small and cannot be expected to
provide high performance at these frequencies.
To install the supplied antenna, hold the bottom end of the antenna, then
screw it onto the mating connector on the transceiver until it is snug. Do
not over-tighten by use of extreme force.
Notes:
¦ Never transmit without having an antenna connected.
¦ When installing the supplied antenna, never hold the upper part of the
antenna while screwing it onto the mating connector on the transceiver.
¦ If using an external antenna for transmission, ensure that the SWR
presented to the transceiver is 1.5:1 or lower, to avoid excessive feedline
loss.
INSTALLATION OF THE SUPPLIED BELT CLIP
1. Remove the dummy cover and its screw from the rear panel of the transceiver.
Keep the dummy cover and screw in case you need to replace them in the future.
2. Connect the supplied Belt Clip, along with its mounting screw, to the rear panel.
Do not use the Belt Clip screw to affix the dummy cover!
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INSTALLATION OF ACCESSORIES
INSTALLATION OF FNB-82LI BATTERY PACK
The FNB-82LI is a high-performance Lithium-Ion battery providing high capacity in a
very compact package. Under normal use, the FNB-82LI may be used for approximately
300 charge cycles, after which operating time may be expected to decrease. If you have an
old battery pack which is displaying capacity which has become diminished, you should
replace the pack with a new one.
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Installation of the battery is easy and quick:
r Slide the Battery Cover Latch to the
Unlock position, then slide the Battery
Cover toward the bottom to remove it.
r Install the FNB-82LI into the Battery
Compartment.
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slide the Battery
Cover Latch to
the Lock position.
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If the battery has never been used, or its charge is depleted, it may be charged by connecting the NC-85
Battery Charger, as shown in the illustration, to the
EXT DC jack. If only 12 ~ 16 Volt DC power is available, the optional E-DC-21 DC Adapter (with its cigarette lighter plug) may also be used for charging the
battery.
While the battery is being charged, the display will
indicate “CHGING” and the BUSY/TX indicator will
glow red. The S-meter will deflect according
to the charging status. When charging is finished, the display will change to indicate
“CHGFUL” and the BUSY/TX indicator will
glow green.
Should you connect the NC-85 to the VX-2R without having the battery inside, the display
will indicate “FL/NBT” to notify you that you need to install the battery. Similarly, if you
connect the NC-85 to the VX-2R when the battery is fully charged, the display will indicate “CHGFUL,” the same display that you see at the end of the charge cycle.
The NC-85 is only designed for the charging of the VX-2R’s battery, and is not suitable for
other purposes. Please be advised that the NC-85 may contribute noise to TV and radio
reception in the immediate vicinity, so we do not recommend its use adjacent to such devices.
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INTERFACE OF PACKET TNCS
The VX-2R may be used for Packet operation, using the optional CT-91 microphone adapter
(available from your Yaesu dealer) for easy interconnection to commonly-available connectors wired to your TNC. You may also build your own cable, using a four-conductor
miniature phone plug, per the diagram below.
The audio level from the receiver to the TNC may be adjusted by using the VOLUME
knob, as with voice operation. The input level to the VX-2R from the TNC should be
adjusted at the TNC side; the optimum input voltage is approximately 5 mV at 2000 Ohms.
Be sure to turn the transceiver and TNC off before connecting the cables, so as to prevent
voltage spikes from possibly damaging your transceiver.
When you are operating on Packet, switch the Receive Battery Saver OFF, as the “sleep”
cycle may “collide” with the beginning of an incoming Packet transmission, causing
your TNC not to receive the full data burst. See page 32 for details regarding Battery
Saver setup.
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OPERATION
Hi! I’m R. F. Radio, and I’ll be helping you along as you learn the many
features of the VX-2R. I know you’re anxious to get on the air, but I encourage you to read the “Operation” section of this manual as thoroughly as
possible, so you’ll get the most out of this fantastic new transceiver. Now. . .let’s get
operating!
SWITCHING POWER ON AND OFF
1. Be sure the Battery Pack is installed, and that the battery is fully charged. Connect the
antenna to the top panel ANTENNA jack.
2. Press and hold in the POWER switch (on the left side of the transceiver) for one
second. Two beeps will be heard when the switch has
been held long enough, and the current DC supply voltage will indicated on the display for 2 seconds; if you
are using the FNB-82LI Battery Pack, the small “Lit”
icon at the top of the display confirms that the LithiumIon Battery Pack has been detected. After this 2-second interval, the display will resume its normal indication of the operating frequency.
3. To turn the VX-2R off, press and hold in the POWER switch again for one second.
1) If you don’t hear the two “Beep” tones when the radio comes on, the Beeper
may have been disabled via the Menu system. See page 14, which tells you
how to reactivate the Beeper.
2) You can change the Opening Message (DC supply voltage indication) to any desired
message (up to 6 characters) via Set Mode Item 30: OPNMSG; see page 68 for details.
ADJUSTING THE VOLUME LEVEL
Rotate the VOLUME control (inner knob) to set the desired audio level. Clockwise rotation increases the volume
level.
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OPERATION
SQUELCH ADJUSTMENT
The VX-2R’s Squelch system allows you to mute the background noise when no signal is
being received. Not only does the Squelch system make “standby” operation more pleasant, it also significantly reduces battery current consumption.
The Squelch system may be adjusted independently for the FM and Wide-FM (FM Broadcast) modes.
1. Press the [F/W] key, then press the MONI switch on the left side of the radio. This
provides a “Short-cut” to Set Mode Item 41: SQL.
2. Now, rotate the DIAL knob to set the Squelch so that the background noise is just
silenced (typically at a setting of about “1” or “2” for FM, and “2” or “3” for WideFM); this is point of maximum sensitivity to weak signals.
3. When you are satisfied with the Squelch threshold setting, press the PTT key momentarily to save the new setting and exit to normal operation.
1) A special “RF Squelch” feature is provided on the VX-2R. This feature
allows you to set the squelch so that only signals exceeding a certain S-meter
level will open the squelch. See page 17 for details.
2) If you’re operating in an area of high RF pollution, you may need to consider “Tone
Squelch” operation using the built-in CTCSS Decoder. This feature will keep your radio quiet until a call is received from a station sending a carrier which contains a matching
(subaudible) CTCSS tone. Or, if your friends have radios equipped with DCS (Digital
Coded Squelch) like your VX-2R has, try using that mode for silent monitoring of busy
channels.
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OPERATION
SELECTING THE OPERATING BAND
The VX-2R covers an incredibly
wide frequency range, over
which a number of different operating modes are used. Therefore, the VX-2R’s frequency coverage has been divided into different operating bands, each of
which has its own pre-set channel steps and operating modes.
You can change the channel steps
and operating modes later, if you
like (see page 15).
BAND
[BAND NUMBER]
BC Band
SW Band
50 MHz Ham Band
FM BC Band
Air Band
144 MHz Ham Band
VHF-TV Band
Action Band 1
430 MHz Ham Band
VHF-TV Band
Action Band 2
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
[6]
[7]
[8]
[9]
[A]
[b]
FREQUENCY RANGE
USA VERSION
EXP VERSION
0.5 - 1.8 MHz 0.504 - 1.8 MHz
1.8 - 30 MHz
1.8 - 30 MHz
30 - 59 MHz
30 - 88 MHz
59 - 108 MHz
88 - 108 MHz
108 - 137 MHz
108 - 137 MHz
137 - 174 MHz
137 - 174 MHz
174 - 222 MHz
174 - 222 MHz
222 - 420 MHz
222 - 420 MHz
420 - 470 MHz
420 - 470 MHz
470 - 800 MHz
470 - 800 MHz
803 - 999 MHz
800 - 999 MHz
To Change Operating Bands:
1. Press the [BAND] key repetitively. You will see the LCD indication move toward a
higher frequency band each time you press the [BAND]
key.
2. If you wish to move the operating band selection downward (toward lower frequencies), press the [F/W] key
first, then press the [BAND] key.
3. Once you have selected the desired band, you may initiate manual tuning (or scanning) per the discussion in
the next chapter.
When receiving in the AM Broadcast or Shortwave bands (0.5-30 MHz), we
recommend that you connect an external antenna, for improved reception.
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OPERATION
FREQUENCY NAVIGATION
The VX-2R will initially be operating in the “VFO” mode, a channelized system which
allows free tuning throughout the currently-selected operating band.
Two basic frequency navigation methods are available on the VX-2R:
1) Tuning Dial (Outer ring of dual control on Top Panel)
Rotation of the DIAL allows tuning in the pre-programmed steps established for the current
operating band. Clockwise rotation of the DIAL causes the
VX-2R to be tuned toward a higher frequency, while counterclockwise rotation will lower the operating frequency.
If you press the [F/W] key momentarily, then rotate the
DIAL, frequency steps of 1 MHz will be selected. This feature is extremely useful for making rapid frequency excursions over the wide tuning range of the VX-2R.
2) Scanning
From the VFO mode, press and hold in the [BAND] key for one second, and rotate the
DIAL knob while holding in the [BAND] key to select the
bandwidth for the VFO scanner, then release the [BAND]
key to begin scanning toward a higher frequency. The scanner will stop when it receives a signal strong enough to break
through the Squelch threshold. The VX-2R will then hold
on that frequency according to the setting of the “RESUME”
mode (Set Mode Item 31: RESUME). See page 47 for details regarding Scan Operatin.
If you wish to reverse the direction of the scan (i.e. toward a lower frequency, instead of a
higher frequency), just rotate the DIAL one click in the counter-clockwise direction while
the VX-2R is scanning. The scanning direction will be reversed. To revert to scanning
toward a higher frequency once more, rotate the DIAL one click clockwise.
Press the PTT switch momentarily to cancel the scanning. This only stops the scan; it does
not cause transmission to occur.
Notice
The VX-2R may receive very strong signals on the Image frequency. If you experience interference that you suspect may be coming in via an “Image” path, you may
calculate the possible frequencies using the formulas below. This information may be
used in the design of effective countermeasures such as traps, etc.
¦ 3.579545 MHz x
n
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n
(n is an integer: 1, 2, 3, …)
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OPERATION
TRANSMISSION
Once you have set up an appropriate frequency inside one of the 144 MHz or 430 MHz
Amateur bands on which the VX-2R can transmit, you’re ready to go on the air! These are
the most basic steps; more advanced aspects of transmitter operation will be discussed
later.
1. To transmit, press the PTT switch, and speak into the front panel microphone (located
in the upper left-hand corner of the speaker grille) in a
normal voice level. The BUSY/TX indicator will glow
red during transmission.
2. To return to the receive mode, release the PTT switch.
3. During transmission, the relative power level will be
indicated on the bar graph at the bottom of the LCD;
full scale deflection confirms “High Power” operation,
while deflection of two bars indicates
“Low Power” operation. Additionally, the
“LOW” icon will appear at the bottom
of the display while operating on the
“Low Power” setting.
4. If you’re just talking to friends in the immediate area,
you’ll get much longer battery life by switching to Low
Power operation. To do this, press the [H/L] key so that
the “LOW” icon appears at the bottom of the display.
And don’t forget: always have an antenna connected
when you transmit.
Transmission is possible only on the 144 MHz and
430 MHz bands.
The VX-2R is smart! You can set up Low power on 144 MHz band, while
leaving 430 MHz on High power, and the radio will remember the different
settings on both bands. And when you BAND
FNB-82LI
EXT DC
(3.7 V)
(6.0 V)
store memories, you can store High and Low
144 MHz HI: 1.5 W
HI: 3.0 W
power settings separately in each memory, so you
LOW: 0.1 W
LOW: 0.3 W
HI: 2.0 W
don’t waste battery power when using very close- 430 MHz HI: 1.0 W
LOW: 0.1 W
LOW: 0.3 W
in repeaters!
2) When you are operating on the Low power setting, you can press the [F/W] key, when
press the PTT switch, to cause the VX-2R to transmit (temporarily) on High power. After
one transmission, the power level will revert to the previously-selected (Low power) setting.
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OPERATION
KEYBOARD LOCKING
In order to prevent accidental frequency change or inadvertent transmission, various aspects of the VX-2R’s keys and switches may be locked out. The possible lockout combinations are:
KEY:
DIAL:
K+D:
PTT:
K+P:
D+P:
ALL:
Just the front panel keys are locked out
Just the top panel DIAL is locked out
Both the DIAL and Keys are locked out
The PTT switch is locked (TX not possible)
Both the keys and PTT switch are locked out
Both the DIAL and PTT switch are locked out
All of the above are locked out
To lock out some or all of the keys:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 25: LOCK.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to choose between one of the locking schemes as outlined above.
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
return to normal operation.
To activate the locking feature, press the [F/W] key, then press and
hold in the [BAND] key for one second. The “ ” icon will appear
on the LCD. To cancel locking, repeat this process.
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OPERATION
KEYPAD/LCD ILLUMINATION
Your VX-2R includes a reddish illumination lamp which aids in nighttime operation. The
red illumination yields clear viewing of the display in a dark environment, with minimal
degradation of your night vision. Three options for activating the lamp are provided:
KEY Mode: Illuminates the Keypad/LCD for five seconds when any key pressed.
CONT Mode: Illuminates the Keypad/LCD continuously.
OFF Mode: Disables the Keypad/LCD lamp.
Here is the procedure for setting up the Lamp mode:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 24: LAMP.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select one of the three modes described above.
5. When you have made your choice, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
return to normal operation.
You may also adjust the Keypad/LCD illumination level and LCD contrast by
use of the Set Mode. See page 16 for details.
DISABLING THE KEYPAD BEEPER
If the keypad’s Beeper creates an inconvenience (particularly when operating in a quiet
room), it may easily be disabled.
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 7: BEEP.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to change the setting from ON to OFF.
When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
return to normal operation.
6. If you wish to re-enable the Beeper, just repeat the above procedure, rotating the DIAL
knob to select ON in step “4” above.
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Now that you’re mastered the basics of VX-2R operation, let’s learn more about some of
the really neat features.
CHECKING THE BATTERY VOLTAGE
The VX-2R’s microprocessor includes programming which will detect the battery type
and measure the current battery voltage.
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set
mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 13: DC VLT.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to display the battery type and
the current DC voltage being supplied.
Lit: FNB-82LI is in use.
Edc: An external DC source is in use.
4. Press and hold in the [H/L ] key for one second to return to
normal operation.
CHANGING THE CHANNEL STEPS
The VX-2R’s synthesizer provides the option of utilizing channel steps of 5/9/10/12.5/15/
20/25/50/100 kHz per step, as well as an automatic step selection based on the current
operating frequency (“AUTO”), any number of which may be important to your operating
requirements. The VX-2R is set up at the factory in the “AUTO” configulation, which
probably is satisfactory for most operation. However, if you need to change the channel
step increments, the procedure to do so is very easy.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 43: STEP.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select the new channel step size.
When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
return to normal operation.
1) 9 kHz steps are available only when receiving on the BC band.
2) While operating on the BC band, you may only select channel steps of 9
kHz or 10 kHz; the other step selections are disabled.
3) 5 kHz steps are not available for use on 250 - 300 MHz, nor above 530 MHz.
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CHANGING THE RECEIVING MODE
The VX-2R provides for automatic mode changing when the radio is tuned to different
operating frequencies. However, should an unusual receiving situation arise in which you
need to change other receiving mode, just press the [MD] key. The receiving modes available are:
AUTO:
N-FM:
W-FM:
AM:
Automatic mode setting per default values for the selected frequency range.
Narrow-bandwidth FM (used for voice communication)
Wide-bandwidth FM (used for high-fidelity broadcasting)
Amplitude Modulation
Unless you have a compelling reason to do so, leave the Automatic Mode
Selection feature on so as to save time and trouble when changing bands. If
you make a mode change for a particular channel or station, you can always
store that one channel into memory, as the mode setting will be memorized along with
the frequency information.
DISPLAY DIMMER
The LCD and keypad illumination level may be adjusted using the Set Mode.
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 16: DIMMER.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to adjust the display illumination for a comfortable brightness
level. As you make the adjustment, you will be able to see the effects of your changes.
5. When you have completed the adjustment, press the PTT key to save the new setting
and exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
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RF SQUELCH
A special RF Squelch feature is provided on this radio. This feature allows you to set the
squelch so that only signals exceeding a certain S-meter level will open the squelch.
To set up the RF squelch circuit for operation, use the following procedure:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 32: RF SQL.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired signal strength level for the squelch threshold (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S8, S9+, or OFF).
5. Press the PTT key to save the new setting and return to normal operation.
The receiver’s squelch will open based on the higher of the levels set by the two squelch
systems (Noise Squelch and RF Squelch).
For example:
1) If the Noise Squelch (SQL control) is set so that signals at a level of S-3 will open the
squelch, but the RF Squelch (Set Mode Item 32) is set to “S5,” the squelch will only
open on signals which are “S-5” or stronger on the S-meter.
2) If the RF Squelch is set to “S3,” but the Noise Squelch is set to a high level which will
only pass signals which are Full Scale on the S-meter, the squelch will only open on
signals which are Full Scale on the S-meter. In this case, the Noise Squelch overrides
the action of the RF Squelch.
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REPEATER OPERATION
Repeater stations, usually located on mountaintops or other high locations, provide a dramatic extension of the communication range for low-powered hand-held or mobile transceivers. The VX-2R includes a number of features which make repeater operation simple
and enjoyable.
Repeater Shifts
Your VX-2R has been configured, at the factory, for the repeater shifts customary in your
country. For the 144 MHz band shift will be 600 kHz; on the 430 MHz band, the shift may
be 1.6 MHz, 7.6 MHz, or 5 MHz (USA version).
Depending on the part of the band in which you are operating, the repeater shift may be
either downward ( ) or upward ( ), and one of these icons will appear at the top of the
LCD when repeater shifts have been enabled.
Automatic Repeater Shift (ARS)
The VX-2R provides a convenient Automatic Repeater Shift feature, which causes the
appropriate repeater shift to be applied automatically whenever you tune into the designated repeater sub-bands in your country. These sub-bands are shown below.
If the ARS feature does not appear to be working, you may have accidentally disabled it.
To re-enable ARS:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 4: ARS.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select “ON” (to enable Automatic Repeater Shift).
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
return to normal operation.
ARS-Repeater Subbands
2-m
Version A
145.1
145.5
146.0
146.4
147.0
146.6
147.6
148.0
147.4
145.6 145.8
European Version
70-cm
440.0
Version A
438.20
433.00
18
433.40
439.45
445.0
450.0
Euro Version 1
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Manual Repeater Shift Activation
If the ARS feature has been disabled, or if you need to set a repeater shift direction other
than that established by the ARS, you may set the direction of the repeater shift manually.
To do this:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 33: RPT.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired shift among “–RPT,” “+RPT,” and “SIMP.”
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
return to normal operation.
If you make a change in the shift direction, but still have Automatic Repeater
Shift still engaged (see previous section), when you change frequency (by
rotating the DIAL knob, for example) the ARS will over-ride your manual
setting of the shift direction. Turn ARS off if you do not wish this to happen.
Changing the Default Repeater Shifts
If you travel to a different region, you may need to change the default repeater shift so as to
ensure compatibility with local operating requirements.
To do this, follow the procedure below:
1. Set the VX-2R’s frequency to the band on which you wish to change the default repeater shift (144 MHz or 430 MHz Ham Band).
2. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 38: SHIFT.
4. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
5. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the new repeater shift magnitude.
6. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
return to normal operation.
If you just have one “odd” split that you need to program, don’t change the
“default” repeated shifts using this Set Mode Item! Enter the transmit and
receive frequencies separately, as shown on page 37.
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REPEATER OPERATION
Checking the Repeater Uplink (Input) Frequency
It often is helpful to be able to check the uplink (input) frequency of a repeater, to see if the
calling station is within direct (“Simplex”) range.
To do this, just press the [HM/RV] key. You’ll notice that the display has shifted to the
repeater uplink frequency. Press the [HM/RV] key again to cause operation to revert to
normal monitoring of the repeater downlink (output) frequency.
The configuration of this key may be set either to “RV” (for checking the
input frequency of a repeater), or “HM” (for instant switching to the “Home”
channel for the band you are operating on). To change the configuration of
this key, use Set Mode Item 22: HM/RV. See page 67.
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CTCSS OPERATION
Many repeater systems require that a very-low-frequency audio tone be superimposed on
your FM carrier in order to activate the repeater. This helps prevent false activation of the
repeater by radar or spurious signals from other transmitters. This tone system, called
“CTCSS” (Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System), is included in your VX-2R, and is
very easy to activate.
CTCSS setup involves two actions: setting the Tone Frequency and then setting of the
Tone Mode. These actions are set up by using the [MD] key or Set Mode Items 42:
SQLTYP and 44: TN FRQ.
1. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [MD] key. This provides a “Short-cut” to Set Mode
Item 42: SQLTYP.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob so that “TONE” appears on the display;
this activates the CTCSS Encoder, which allows repeater access.
3. Rotation of the DIAL knob one more “click” in step “2” above will cause the “T SQL”
notation to appear. When “T SQL” is displayed, this means that the Tone SQueLch
system is active, which mutes your VX-2R’s receiver until it receives a call from another radio sending out a matching CTCSS tone. This can help keep your radio quiet
until a specific call is received, which may be helpful while operating in congested.
1) You may notice an additional “DCS” icon appearing while you rotate
the DIAL knob in this step. We’ll discuss the Digital Code Squelch system
shortly.
2) You may notice “RV TN” indication on the display, this means that the Reverse
Tone Squelch system is active, which mutes your VX-2R’s receiver when it receives
a call from the radio sending a matched CTCSS tone. The “TSQ” icon will blink on
the display when the Reverse Tone Squelch system is activated.
4. When you have made your selection of the CTCSS tone mode, press the PTT key to
save the new setting.
5. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
6. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 44: TN FRQ.
7. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enCTCSS TONE FREQUENCY (Hz )
able adjustment of the CTCSS frequency.
67.0
69.3
71.9
74.4
77.0
79.7
8. Rotate the DIAL
82.5
85.4
88.5
91.5
94.8
97.4
knob until the dis100.0
103.5
107.2
110.9
114.8
118.8
123.0
127.3
131.8
136.5
141.3
146.2
play indicates the
151.4
156.7
159.8
162.2
165.5
167.9
Tone Frequency
171.3
173.8
177.3
179.9
183.5
186.2
you need to be using (ask the repeater
189.9
192.8
196.6
199.5
203.5
206.5
owner/operator if you don’t know the tone 210.7 218.1 225.7 229.1 233.6 241.8
frequency).
250.3
254.1
–
–
–
–
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CTCSS OPERATION
9. When you have made your selection, press the [H/L] key momentarily, then press the
PTT switch, to save the new settings and exit to normal operation. This is different
than the usual method of restoring normal operation, and it applies only to the configuration of the CTCSS/DCS frequencies.
Your repeater may or may not re-transmit a CTCSS tone - some systems just
use CTCSS to control access to the repeater, but don’t pass it along when
transmitting. If the S-Meter deflects, but the VX-2R is not passing audio,
repeat steps “1” through “4” above, but rotate the DIAL so that “TSQ” disappears - this
will allow you to hear all traffic on the channel being received.
DCS OPERATION
Another form of tone access control is Digital Code Squelch, or DCS. It is a newer, more
advanced tone system which generally provides more immunity from false paging than
does CTCSS. The DCS Encoder/Decoder is built into your VX-2R, and operation is very
similar to that just described for CTCSS. Your repeater system may be configured for
DCS; if not, DCS is frequently quite useful in Simplex operation if your friend(s) use
transceivers equipped with this advanced feature.
Just as in CTCSS operation, DCS requires that you set the Tone Mode to DCS and that
you select a tone code.
1. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [MD] key. This provides a “Short-cut” to Set Mode
Item 42: SQLTYP.
2. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Item.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob until “DCS” appears on the display; this
activates the DCS Encoder/Decoder.
4. Press the PTT key to save the new setting.
5. Press and hold the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set
mode.
6. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode
DCS CODE
Item 14: DCS CD.
023 025 026 031 032 036 043 047 051 053
7. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to en- 054 065 071 072 073 074 114 115 116 122
able the adjustment of the DCS code.
125 131 132 134 143 145 152 155 156 162
8. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired 165 172 174 205 212 223 225 226 243 244
DCS Code (a three-digit number). Ask the 245 246 251 252 255 261 263 265 266 271
274 306 311 315 325 331 332 343 346 351
repeater owner/operator if you don’t know
356 364 365 371 411 412 413 423 431 432
DCS Code; if you
445 446 452 454 455 462 464 465 466 503
are working sim506 516 523 526 532 546 565 606 612 624
627 631 632 654 662 664 703 712 723 731
plex, just set up the
732 734 743 754 –
–
–
–
–
–
DCS Code to be
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DCS OPERATION
the same as that used by your friend(s).
9. When you have made your selection, press the [H/L] key momentarily, then press the
PTT switch to save the new settings and exit to normal operation.
Remember that the DCS is an Encode/Decode system, so your receiver will
remain muted until a matching DCS code is received on an incoming transmission. Switch the DCS off when you’re just tuning around the band!
TONE SEARCH SCANNING
In operating situations where you don’t know the CTCSS or DCS tone being used by
another station or stations, you can command the radio to listen to the incoming signal and
scan in search of the tone being used. Two things must be remembered in this regard:
r You must be sure that your repeater uses the same tone type (CTCSS vs. DCS).
r Some repeaters do not pass the CTCSS tone; you may have to listen to the station(s)
transmitting on the repeater uplink (input) frequency in order to allow Tone Search
Scanning to work.
To scan for the tone in use:
1. Set the radio up for either CTCSS or DCS Decoder operation (see the previous discussions). In the case of CTCSS, “
” will appear on the display; in the case of DCS,
“
” will appear on the display..
2. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 44: TN FRQ when TONE SQL is
selected, or Set Mode Item 14: DCS CD during DCS operation.
4. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of the
selected Set Mode Item.
5. Press and hold in the [BAND] key for one second, appear
“T SRCH” (for CTCSS Tone Search) or “D SRCH” (for DCS
Tone Search) on the display, then release the [BAND] key to
start scanning for the incoming CTCSS or DCS tone/code.
6. When the radio detects the correct tone or code, it will halt on that tone/code, and
audio will be allowed to pass. Press the [BAND] key to lock in that tone/code, then
press PTT to exit to normal operation.
If the Tone Scan feature does not detect a tone or code, it will continue to
scan indefinitely. When this happens, it may be that the other station is not
sending any tone. You can press the PTT switch to halt the scan at any time.
You also can press the MONI key during Tone Scanning to listen to the (muted) signal
from the other station. When you release the MONI key, Tone Scanning will resume after
about a second.
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CTCSS/DCS BELL OPERATION
During CTCSS Decode or DCS operation, you may set up the VX-2R such that a ringing
“bell” sound alerts you to the fact that a call is coming in. Here is the procedure for activating the CTCSS/DCS Bell:
1. Set the transceiver up for CTCSS Decode (“Tone Squelch”) or DCS operation, as
described previously.
2. Adjust the operating frequency to the desired channel.
3. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 8: BELL.
5. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
6. Rotate the DIAL knob to set the desired number of rings of the Bell. The available
choices are 1, 3, 5, or 8 rings, CONT (continuous ringing), or OFF.
7. Press the PTT key momentarily to save the new setting and exit to normal operation.
When you are called by a station whose transceiver is sending a CTCSS tone or DCS code
which matches that set into your Decoder, the Bell will ring in accordance with this programming.
SPLIT TONE OPERATION
The VX-2R can be operated in a Split Tone configuration via the Set mode.
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 40: SPLIT.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select ON (to enable the Split Tone feature).
5. Press the PTT key momentarily to save the new setting and exit to normal operation.
When the Split Tone feature is activated, you can see the following additional parameters
after the “RV TN” parameter while selecting the Set Mode Item 42: SQLTYP:
D CODE: DCS Encode only
” icon will blink during operation)
(the “
T DCS: Encodes a CTCSS Tone and Decodes a DCS code
(the “ ” icon will blink and the “
” icon will appear during operation)
D TONE: Encodes a DCS code and Decodes a CTCSS Tone
” icon will appear and the “
” icon will blink during operation)
(the “
Select the desired operating mode, from the selections shown above, within Set Mode Item
42.
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TONE CALLING (1750 HZ)
If the repeaters in your country require a 1750-Hz burst tone for access (typically in Europe), you can set the MONI key to serve as a “Tone Call” switch instead. To change the
configuration of this switch, we again use the Set Mode to help us.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 26: M/T-CL.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select “T-CALL” on the display.
Press the PTT key to save the new setting and exit to normal operation.
To access a repeater, press and hold in the MONI key for the amount of time specified by
the repeater owner/operator. The transmitter will automatically be activated, and a 1750Hz audio tone will be superimposed on the carrier. Once access to the repeater has been
gained, you may release the MONI key, and use the PTT key for activating the transmitter
thereafter.
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ARTS™ (AUTOMATIC RANGE TRANSPONDER SYSTEM)
The ARTS™ feature uses DCS signaling to inform both parties when you and another
ARTS™-equipped station are within communications range. This may be particularly useful during Search-and Rescue situations, where is important to stay in contact with other
members of your group.
Both stations must set up their DCS codes to the same code number, then activate their
ARTS™ feature using the command appropriate for their radio. Alert ringers may be activated, if desired.
Whenever you push the PTT, or every 25 (or 15) seconds after ARTS™ is activated, your
radio will transmit a signal which includes a (subaudible) DCS signal for about 1 second. If the other radio is in range, the beeper will
sound (if enabled) and the display will show “IN RNG” as opposed
to the out of range display “OUTRNG” in which ARTS™ operation
begins.
Whether you talk or not, the polling every 15 or 25 seconds will
continue until you de-activate ARTS™. Every 10 minutes, moreover, you can have your radio transmit your callsign via CW, so as
to comply with identification requirements. When ARTS™ is de-activated, DCS will also
be deactivated (if you were not using it previously in non-ARTS™ operation).
If you move out of range for more than one minute (four pollings), your radio will sense
that no signal has been received, three beeps will sound, and the display will revert to
“OUTRNG.” If you move back into range, your radio will again beep, and the display will
change back to the “IN RNG” indication.
During ARTS™ operation, your operating frequency will continue to be displayed, but no
changes may be made to it or other settings; you must terminate ARTS™ in order to resume normal operation. This is a safety feature designed to prevent accidental loss of
contact due to channel change, etc.
Basic ARTS™ Setup and Operation
1. Set your radio and the other radio(s) to the same DCS code number, per the discussion
on page 22.
2. Press and hold in the [ ] key for one second. You will observe the “OUTRNG” display on the LCD below the operating frequency. ARTS™ operation has now commenced.
3. Every 25 seconds, your radio will transmit a “polling” call to the other station. When
that station responds with its own ARTS™ polling signal, the display will change to
“IN RNG” to confirm that the other station’s polling code was received in response to
yours.
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4. Press and hold in the [ ] key for one second to exit ARTS™ operation and resume
normal functioning of the transceiver.
ARTS™ won’t work if you have used the Lock feature to disable the PTT!
ARTS™ Polling Time Options
The ARTS™ feature may be programmed to poll every 25 seconds (default value) or 15
seconds. The default value provides maximum battery conservation, because the polling
signal is sent out less frequently. To change the polling interval:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 3: AR INT.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired polling interval (15 or 25 seconds).
When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
ARTS™ Alert Beep Options
The ARTS™ feature allows two kinds of alert beeps (with the additional option of turning
them off), so as to alert you to the current status of ARTS™ operation. Depending on your
location and the potential annoyance associated with frequent beeps, you may choose the
Beep mode which best suits your needs. The choices are:
IN RNG:
The beeps are issued only when the radio first confirms that you are within
range, but does not re-confirm with beeps thereafter.
ALWAYS: Every time a polling transmission is received from the other station, the
alert beeps will be heard.
OFF:
No alert beeps will be heard; you must look at the display to confirm current ARTS™ status.
To set the ARTS™ Beep mode, use the following procedure:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 2: AR BEP.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired ARTS™ Beep mode (see above).
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
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ARTS™ (AUTOMATIC RANGE TRANSPONDER SYSTEM)
CW Identifier Setup
The ARTS™ feature includes a CW identifier, as discussed previously. Every ten minutes
during ARTS™ operation, the radio can be instructed to send “DE (your callsign) K” if
this feature is enabled. The callsign field may contain up to 16 characters.
Here’s how to program the CW Identifier:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 12: CW ID.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this
Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Item to “ON” (to enable the
CW ID function).
5. Press the [V/M] key momentarily to display the previously stored
callsign.
6. Press the [HM/RV ] key momentarily to clear any previous
callsign.
7. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the first letter/number of your
callsign, then press the [V/M] key momentarily to save the first
letter/number and move on to the next character.
8. Repeat the previous step, as many times as necessary, to complete your callsign. Note that the “slant bar” (– • • – •) is among
the available characters, should you be a “portable” station.
9. If you mistake, press the [BAND] key to back-space the cursor,
then re-enter the correct letter/number.
10. Press the [HM/RV] key to delete all data after the cursor that may have been previously stored erroneously.
11. When you have entered your entire callsign, press the [H/L] key momentarily to confirm the callsign, then press the PTT key to save the settings and exit to normal operation.
You may check your work by monitoring the entered callsign. To do this,
repeat steps 1- 3 above, then press the [F/W] key.
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DTMF OPERATION
Despite the lack of a DTMF keypad, you can still transmit DTMF tones with the VX-2R
for repeater control or autopatch use.
Manual DTMF Tone Generation
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Press and hold the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 17: DTMF.
Press the [H/L] key to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select “MANUAL.”
Press the PTT switch to return to normal display.
Hold the PTT switch in to continue transmitting during the following steps.
A. Press the [H/L] key momentarily.
B. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the number to be sent, then press the [H/L] key
momentarily to send the number.
C. Repeat step B as many times as needed until you have completed the number
string.
D. Release the PTT switch.
The DTMF “Û” code is displayed as “E,” and the DTMF code “#” is displayed as “F” on the display.
DTMF Autodialer
Nine DTMF Autodial memories are provided, allowing you to store telephone numbers for
autopatch use. You can also store short autopatch or Internet-link access code streams so as
to avoid having to send them manually.
Here is the DTMF Autodial storage procedure:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 18: DTMF S.
3. Press the [H/L] key to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the DTMF Memory register
into which you wish to store this DTMF string.
5. Press the [V/M ] key to begin DTMF Memory entry into the
selected register. The first digit location will blink.
6. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the first digit of the DTMF string.
Selectable entries are 1 - 9, and A - F, with E and F representing
DTMF “Û” and “#” tones respectively.
7. Press the [V/M] key momentarily to accept the first digit and
move on to the second digit of the DTMF string.
8. Repeat the previous steps until you have completed the tele-
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ADVANCED OPERATION
DTMF OPERATION
9.
10.
11.
12.
phone number string.
If you make a mistake, press the [BAND] key to back-space the
cursor, then re-enter the correct digit.
Press the [H/L ] key momentarily to store the string into the
DTMF memory.
To store another number, press the [H/L] key again, then rotate the DIAL knob to
select another DTMF Memory register, and repeat this procedure.
When finished storing DTMF Memories, press the PTT switch to return to normal
display.
To send the telephone number:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 17: DTMF.
3. Press the [H/L] key to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Item to “AUTO.”
5. Press the PTT switch to return to normal display.
6. Hold the PTT switch to continue transmitting during following steps.
A. Press the [H/L] key momentarily.
B. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the DTMF Memory register (CH 1 through CH 9)
you wish to send.
C. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to transmit the tone string. Once the string begins, you may release the PTT key, as the transmitter will be held “on the air” until
the DTMF string is completed.
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ADVANCED OPERATION
EMERGENCY CHANNEL OPERATION
The VX-2R includes an “Emergency” feature which may be useful if you have someone
monitoring on the same frequency as your transceiver’s UHF “Home” channel. See page
388 for details on setting the Home channel.
The “Emergency” feature is activated by pressing and holding in the [HM/RV] key for one
second.
When this is done, (A) the radio is placed on the UHF amateur band Home channel, (B) it
emits a loud “Alarm” sound (the volume is controlled by the VOLUME knob), (C) it
flashes the BUSY/TX indicator in white, (D) if you press the PTT key, you will disable the
Emergency feature temporarily; you can then transmit on the UHF Home channel, and (E)
two seconds after the PTT release, the Emergency feature will resume.
To disable the “Emergency” feature, press and hold the [HM/RV] key for one second or
turn the radio Off by pressing and holding in the POWER switch for one second.
Use this feature if you are out for a walk and want a quick way of alerting a family member
as to a dangerous situation. The alarm sound may discourage an attacker and allow you to
escape.
1) Be sure to arrange with a friend or family member to be monitoring on the
same frequency, as there will be no identification sent via the Emergency
alarm sound. And do not transmit the alarm tone except in a true emergency!
2) The TX/BUSY indicator may be changed to another function via Set Mode Item 20:
EMG S; see page 66.
ATT (FRONT END ATTENUATOR)
The attenuator will reduce all signals (and noise) by 10 dB, and it may be used to make
reception more pleasant under extremely crowded conditions. This feature is not available
on the Wide FM mode.
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 5: ATT.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to change the setting from OFF to ON.
When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
6. If you wish to disable the attenuator, just repeat the above procedure, rotating the
DIAL knob to select OFF in step “4” above.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
When the attenuator is activated, the Operating Mode icon (AM or FM) will
blink on the display.
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ADVANCED OPERATION
RECEIVE BATTERY SAVER SETUP
An important feature of the VX-2R is its Receive Battery Saver, which “puts the radio to
sleep” for a time interval, periodically “waking it up” to check for activity. If somebody is
talking on the channel, the VX-2R will remain in the “active” mode, then resume its “sleep”
cycles. This feature significantly reduces quiescent battery drain, and you may change the
amount of “sleep” time between activity checks using the Set Mode:
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 35: RXSAVE.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired “sleep” duration. The selections available
are 200 ms, 300 ms, 500 ms, 1 second, 2 seconds, or OFF. The default value is 200 ms.
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
When you are operating on Packet, switch the Receive Battery Saver OFF, as
the sleep cycle may “collide” with the beginning of an incoming Packet transmission, causing your TNC not to receive the full data burst.
TX BATTERY SAVER
The VX-2R also includes a useful Transmit Battery Saver, which will automatically lower
the power output level when the last signal received was very strong. For example, when
you are in the immediate vicinity of a repeater station, there generally is no reason to use
the High Power output in order to achieve full-quieting access to the repeater. With the
Transmit Battery Saver, the automatic selection of Low Power operation conserves battery
drain significantly.
To activate the Transmit Battery Saver:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 46: TXSAVE.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “ON” (thus activating the Transmit
Battery Saver).
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
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ADVANCED OPERATION
DISABLING THE BUSY INDICATOR
Further battery conservation may be accomplished by disabling the BUSY indicator while
receiving a signal. Use the following procedure:
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 9: BSYLED.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “OFF” (thus disabling the BUSY
lamp).
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
AUTOMATIC POWER-OFF (APO) FEATURE
The APO feature helps conserve battery life by automatically turning the radio off after a
user-defined period of time within which there has been no dial or key activity. The available selections for the time before power-off are 0.5/1/3/5/8 hours, as well as APO Off.
The default condition for the APO is OFF, and here is the procedure for activating it:
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 1: APO.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired time period after which the radio will
automatically shut down.
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
When the APO is activated, the “ ” icon will appear at the center bottom on the LCD. If
there is no action by you within the time interval programmed, the
microprocessor will shut down the radio automatically.
Just press and hold in the POWER switch for one second to turn
the transceiver back on after an APO shutdown, as usual.
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ADVANCED OPERATION
TRANSMITTER TIME-OUT TIMER (TOT)
The TOT feature provides a safety switch which limits transmission time to a pre-programmed value. This will promote battery conservation by not allowing you to make excessively-long transmissions, and in the event of a stuck PTT switch (perhaps if the radio
or a Speaker/Mic is wedged between car seats) it can prevent interference to other users as
well as battery depletion. As configured at the factory the TOT feature is set to OFF, and
here is the procedure for activating it:
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 45: TOT.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to set the Time-Out Timer to the desired “Maximum TX” time
(1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes).
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
1) When your transmission time is within 10 seconds of the Time-Out Timer
expiration, an Alert bell will provide an audible warning from the speaker.
2) Since brief transmissions are the mark of a good operator, try setting up
your radio’s TOT feature for a maximum transmission time of one minute. This will
significantly improve battery life, too!
BUSY CHANNEL LOCK-OUT (BCLO)
The BCLO feature prevents the radio’s transmitter from being activated if a signal strong
enough to break through the “noise” squelch is present. On a frequency where stations
using different CTCSS or DCS codes may be active, BCLO prevents you from disrupting
their communications accidentally (because your radio may be muted by its own Tone
Decoder). The default setting for the BCLO is OFF, and here is how to change that setting:
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 6: BCLO.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “ON” (thus activating the BCLO
feature).
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
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CHANGING THE TX DEVIATION LEVEL
In many areas of the world, channel congestion has required that operating channels be
closely spaced. In such operating environments, it often is required that operators use
reduced deviation levels, so as to reduce the potential for interference to users on adjacent
channels. The VX-2R includes a simple method of accomplishing this:
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select the Set Mode Item 21: HLFDEV.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “ON.” In this configuration (HALF
DEVIATION active), the transmitter’s deviation will be approximately ±2.5 kHz.
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
The “normal” setting for the deviation (when this Menu Item is set to OFF)
is ±5 kHz.
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MEMORY MODE
The VX-2R provides a wide variety of memory system resources. These include:
r “Regular” Memory Channels, which include:
¦ 900 “Standard” memory channels, numbered “1” through “900.”
¦ 100 “Frequency Skip Memories,” numbered “901” through “999” and “000.”
¦ 11 “Home” channels, providing storage and quick recall of one prime frequency
on each operating band.
¦ 50 sets of band-edge memories, also known as “Programmable Memory Scan”
channels, labeled “L01/U01” through “L50/U50.”
¦ 20 Memory Banks, labeled “b 1” through “b20.” Each Memory Bank can be
assigned up to 100 channels from the “regular” and “special” memory channels.
r Special Memory Channels, which include:
¦ 10 “Weather Broadcast” Channels.
¦ 280 VHF Marine Channels
¦ 89 popular Short-wave Broadcast Station Memory Channels.
L49/U49
L50/U50
L3/U3
L4/U4
L1/U1
L2/U2
903
900
901
902
PMS Memory Channels
(50 Sets)
999
000
Frequency Skip Memory Channels
(100 channels)
900
889
1
2
3
4
Standard Memory Channels
(900 channels)
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UHF-TV Band
Action Band-2
Action Band-1
430 MHz Band
VHF Marine Channels
(280 channels)
Short-wave Broadcast Station
Memory Channels
(89 channels)
WX9
WX10
WX4
WX2
WX3
WX1
Weather Broadcast Channels
(10 channels)
Air Band
144 MHz Band
VHF-TV Band
BC Band
SW Band
50 MHz Band
FM BC Band
HOME Channels
(11 channels)
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REGULAR MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Memory Storage
1. Select the desired frequency, while operating in the VFO mode. Be sure to set up any
desired CTCSS or DCS tones, as well as any desired repeater offset. The power level
may also be set at this time, if you wish to store it.
2. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second.
3. Within five seconds of releasing the [F/W] key, you need to make a decision regarding
channel storage. The microprocessor will automatically select the next-available “free”
channel (a memory register on which no data has been stored), so you may not wish to
make any change; if this is the case, proceed to step 4. If you wish to select a different
channel number into which to store the data, rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired
memory channel. You may jump 100 memory channels, if you’re in a hurry (101 à
201 à 301 ...), by pressing the [H/L] key (multiple times, if necessary). Any channel
that you see with a blinking channel number currently has no data written on it (i.e. the
channel is “free”).
4. Press the [F/W] key once more to store the frequency into memory.
5. You still will be operating in the “VFO” mode, so you may now enter other frequencies, and store them into additional memory locations, by repeating the above process.
You may change the automatic memory channel selection feature to select
the “next-highest memory channel above the last-stored memory channel”
instead of the “next-available ‘free’ channel” via the Set Mode Item 27: MW
MODE; see page 68.
Storing Independent Transmit Frequencies (“Odd Splits”)
All memories can store an independent transmit frequency, for operation on repeaters with
non-standard shift. To do this:
1. Store the receive frequency using the method already described under MEMORY
STORAGE (it doesn’t matter if a repeater offset is active).
2. Turn to the desired transmit frequency, then press and hold in the [F/W] key for one
second.
3. Within five seconds of releasing the [F/W] key, rotate the DIAL knob to select the
same memory channel number as used in step “1” above.
4. Press and hold in the PTT switch, then press the [F/W] key once more momentarily
while holding the PTT switch in (this does not key the transmitter).
Whenever you recall a memory which contains independently-stored transmit and receive frequencies, the
“
” indication will appear in the display..
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MEMORY MODE
REGULAR MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Memory Recall
1. While operating in the VFO mode, press the [V/M] key to enter
the Memory mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired channel.
3. To return to the VFO mode, press the [V/M] key.
HOME Channel Memory
A special one-touch “HOME” channel is
available for each of operating bands, to
allow quick recall of a favorite operating
frequency /on each band.
DEFAULT HOME CHANNELS
FREQUENCY
USA VERSION EXP VERSION
BC Band
0.540 MHz
0.540 MHz
SW Band
1.800 MHz
1.800 MHz
50 MHz Ham Band
30.000 MHz 30.000 MHz
FM BC Band
59.000 MHz 88.000 MHz
Air Band
108.000 MHz 108.000 MHz
144 MHz Ham Band 146.520 MHz 144.000 MHz
VHF-TV Band
174.000 MHz 174.000 MHz
Action Band 1
230.000 MHz 230.000 MHz
430 MHz Ham Band 446.000 MHz 430.000 MHz
UHF-TV Band
470.000 MHz 470.000 MHz
Action Band 2
860.000 MHz 860.000 MHz
BAND
Home Channel storage is simple to accomplish:
1. Select the desired frequency, while
operating in the VFO mode. Be sure
to set up any desired CTCSS or DCS
tones, as well as any desired repeater
offset. The power level may also be
set at this time, if you wish to store it.
2. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second.
3. While the memory channel number is blinking, just press the [HM/RV] key. The frequency and other data (if any) will now be stored in the special HOME channel register.
4. You may repeat this process on the other operating bands.
5. To recall the HOME channel, press and
hold in the [HM/RV] key for one second
while operating either in the VFO or MR
mode.
USA Version
EXP Version
The UHF HOME channel is the
one used during “Emergency” operation. See page 31 for details regarding
this feature.
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MEMORY MODE
REGULAR MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Labeling Memories
You may wish to append an alpha-numeric “Tag” (label) to a memory or memories, to aid
in recollection of the channel’s use (such as a club name, etc.). This is easily accomplished
using the Set Mode.
1. Recall the memory channel on which you wish to append a label.
2. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set
mode.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the Set Mode Item labeled 29:
NM SET.
4. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this
Set Mode Item.
5. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the first digit of the desired label.
6. Press the [V/M] key to move to the next character.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to program the remaining letters, numbers,
or symbols of the desired label. A total of six characters may be
used in the creation of a label.
8. If you make a mistake, press the [BAND] key to back-space the
cursor, then re-enter the correct letter, number, or symbol.
9. When you have completed the creation of the label, press the
PTT key to save the label and exit.
To display the alpha-numeric “Tag” (label):
1. Set the VX-2R to the “MR” (Memory Recall) mode, and recall the desired channel.
2. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the Set Mode Item labeled 28:
NAME.
4. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this
Item’s setting.
5. Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “ALPHA”
(thus enabling the alpha-numeric display).
6. Press the PTT key to save the new setting and activate the alpha-numeric Tag.
To disable the alpha-numeric Tag (enabling the frequency display),
just repeat above procedure, rotating the DIAL knob to select “FREQ”
in step 5 above.
You may set up some memory channels to have their frequencies displayed,
while others may be set to have their Name Tag displayed; the selection within
Set Mode Item 28 is not applied to all memory channels at once.
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MEMORY MODE
REGULAR MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Memory Offset Tuning
Once you have recalled a particular memory channel, you may easily tune off that channel,
as though you were in the “VFO” mode.
1. With the VX-2R in the “MR” (Memory Recall) mode, select the desired memory channel.
2. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [V/M] key to activate the “Memory Tuning” feature. The Memory Channel number will be replaced by “tun.”
3. Rotate the DIAL knob, as desired, to tune to a new frequency.
The synthesizer steps selected for VFO operation on the current band will be the steps used during Memory Tuning.
4. If you wish to return to the original memory frequency, just press the [V/M] key momentarily.
5. If you wish to store a new frequency set during Memory Tuning, just press and hold in
the [F/W] key for one second, per normal memory storage procedure. The microprocessor will automatically set itself to the next-available clear memory location, and
you then press [F/W] again to lock in the new frequency.
1) If you want to replace the original memory contents with those of the new
frequency, be sure to rotate the DIAL knob to the original memory channel
number!
2) Any required CTCSS/DCS changes, or repeater offset modifications, must be done
before storing the data into the new (or original) memory channel location.
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MEMORY MODE
REGULAR MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Masking Memories
There may be situations where you want to “Mask” memories so they are not visible during
memory selection or scanning. For example, several memories used only in a city you visit
infrequently may be stored, then “Masked” until you visit that city, at which time you can
“Unmask” them for normal use.
1. Press the [V/M] key, if needed, to enter the MR mode.
2. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second, then rotate the DIAL knob to select the
memory channel to be “Masked” from view.
3. Press the [ ] key. The display will revert to memory channel #1. If you rotate the
DIAL knob to the location you just “Masked,” you will observe that it is now invisible.
4. To Unmask the hidden memory, repeat the above procedure: press and hold in the [F/
W] key for one second, rotate the DIAL knob to select the masked memory’s number,
then press the [ ] key to restore the memory channel’s data.
Watch out! You can manually store data over a “Masked” memory, deleting
previous data, if you’re not careful. Use the “next available memory” technique storage technique to avoid over-writing a masked memory.
Moving Memory Data to the VFO
Data stored on memory channels can easily be moved to the VFO, if you like.
1. Select the memory channel containing the frequency data to be moved to VFO.
2. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second, then press the [V/M] key. The data
will now have been copied to the VFO, although the original memory contents will
remain intact on the previously-stored channel.
If a Split Frequency Memory channel was transferred, the Tx frequency will
be ignored (you will be set up for Simplex operation on the Receive frequency).
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MEMORY MODE
REGULAR MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Memory Bank Operation
The large number of memories available in the VX-2R could be difficult to utilize without
some means of organizing them. Fortunately, the VX-2R includes provision for dividing
the memories into as many as twenty Memory Banks, so you can categorize the memories
in a manner convenient to you. You may enter and exit the “Memory Bank” mode by a
single press of the [BAND] key, as we shall see below.
Assigning Memories to a Memory Bank
1. Recall the memory channel to be assigned to a Memory Bank.
2. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second, then rotate the DIAL knob to select the
Memory Bank number you want as the Memory Bank for this
channel (“b 1” ~ “b20,” which is found before memory channel “1”) .
3. Press the [F/W] key momentarily.
4. At this point, the memory channel data is copied into the Memory Bank.
Memory Bank Recall
1. Press the [V/M] key, if needed, to enter the MR mode.
2. Press the [BAND] key to activate the “Memory Bank” mode.The
Memory Bank number will appear on the display.
3. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [BAND] key.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired Memory Bank
(“BANK 1” through “BANK 20”).
5. Press the [BAND] key; now, as you rotate the DIAL knob to select memories, you will
observe that you can only select memory channels in the current memory bank.
6. To change to another Memory Bank, press the [F/W] key, then press the [BAND] key;
now rotate the DIAL knob to select the new Memory Bank.
7. To exit from Memory Bank operation, just press the [BAND] key. “MEMORY” will
appear on the display, indicating that you are now in the “regular” Memory Recall mode, without utilization of the Memory
Banks. The memories stored in the various Banks will remain
in those banks, however; you do not need to store them again.
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MEMORY MODE
REGULAR MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Memory Only Mode
Once memory channel programming has been completed, you may place the radio in a
“Memory Only” mode, whereby VFO operation is impossible. This may be particularly
useful during public-service events, where a number of operators may be using the radio
for first time, and ultimate simplicity of channel selection is desired.
To place the radio into the Memory Only mode, turn the radio off. Now press
and hold in the [V/M] key while turning the radio on. To return to normal
operation, repeat the above power-on procedure.
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MEMORY MODE
SPECIAL MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
The VX-2R provides Special Memory Channels, which made up of:
r 10 “Weather Broadcast” Channels.
r 280 VHF Marine Channels
r 89 popular Short-wave Broadcast Station Memory Channels.
You may assign the Special Memory Channels to a Memory Bank. See page
42 regarding Memory Bank Operation for details.
Weather Broadcast Channels
The VHF Weather Broadcast Station Memory Channel Bank has been pre-programmed at
the factory, for quick selection of NOAA weather information stations.
1. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [ ] key, to recall the Special Memory Menu.
2. Press the [BAND] key, repeatedly if necessary to select “WX
CH” (thus recalling the Weather Broadcast Memory Bank).
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired Weather Broadcast
channel.
4. If you wish to scan this bank to search for louder stations, just
press the PTT switch. When the scanner pauses on a station,
press the PTT key once to halt the can, or press it twice to
restart the scan.
5. To exit to normal operation, press the [V/M] key, or press [F/W] key followed by the
[ ] key..
1) In the event of extreme weather disturbances, such as storms and hurricanes, the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) sends
a weather alert accompanied by a 1050 Hz tone and subsequent weather
report on one of the NOAA weather channels. You may disable the Weather Alert tone
via Set Mode Item 48: WX ALT, if desired. See page 72.
2) You may append and display an alpha-numeric “Tag” (label) to a Weather Broadcast
channel or channels. See page 39 regarding the labeling of a memory for details.
WEATHER BROADCAST CHANNEL FREQUENCY LIST
CH No.
1
2
3
44
Frequency
162.550 MHz
165.400 MHz
162.475 MHz
CH No.
4
5
6
Frequency
162.425 MHz
162.450 MHz
162.500 MHz
CH No.
7
8
9
Frequency
162.525 MHz
161.650 MHz
161.775 MHz
CH No.
10
—
—
Frequency
163.275 MHz
—
—
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MEMORY MODE
SPECIAL MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
VHF Marine Channels
Another special Memory Bank contains VHF Marine Channels, pre-programmed at the
factory, for quick selection.
1. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [ ] key, to recall the Special Memory Menu.
2. Press the [BAND] key, repeatedly if necessary, to select “MARINE” (thus recalling the Marine Channel Memory Bank).
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select any of 280 available VHF Marine Channels.
4. To exit to normal operation, press the [V/M] key, or press [F/
W] key followed by the [ ] key..
VHF MARINE CHANNEL FREQUENCY LIST
CH Frequency CH Frequency CH Frequency CH Frequency CH Frequency CH Frequency CH Frequency
(MHz)
(MHz)
(MHz)
(MHz)
(MHz)
(MHz)
(MHz)
No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
0
156.000
41
158.050
82
157.125 123
159.075 164
160.100 205
161.125 246
155.875
1
156.050
42
158.100
83
157.175 124
159.100 165
160.125 206
161.150 247
155.850
2
156.100
43
158.150
84
157.225 125
159.125 166
160.150 207
161.175 248
155.825
3
156.150
44
158.200
85
157.275 126
159.150 167
160.175 208
161.200 249
155.800
4
156.200
45
158.250
86
157.325 127
159.175 168
160.200 209
161.225 250
155.775
5
156.250
46
158.300
87
157.375 128
159.200 169
160.225 210
161.250 251
155.750
6
156.300
47
158.350
88
157.425 129
159.225 170
160.250
211
161.275 252
155.725
7
156.350
48
158.400
89
157.475 130
159.250 171
160.275 212
161.300 253
155.700
8
156.400
49
158.450
90
157.525 131
159.275 172
160.300 213
161.325 254
155.675
9
156.450
50
158.500
91
157.575 132
159.300 173
160.325 214
161.350 255
155.650
10
156.500
51
158.550
92
157.625 133
159.325 174
160.350 215
161.375 256
155.625
11
156.550
52
158.600
93
157.675 134
159.350 175
160.375 216
161.400 257
155.600
12
156.600
53
158.650
94
157.725 135
159.375 176
160.400 217
161.425 258
155.575
13
156.650
54
158.700
95
157.775 136
159.400 177
160.425 218
161.450 259
155.550
14
156.700
55
158.750
96
157.825 137
159.425 178
160.450 219
161.475 260
155.525
15
156.750
56
158.800
97
157.875 138
159.450 179
160.475 220
161.500 261
155.500
16
156.800
57
158.850
98
157.925 139
159.475 180
160.500 221
161.525 262
155.475
17
156.850
58
158.900
99
157.975 140
159.500 181
160.525 222
161.550 263
155.450
18
156.900
59
158.950 100
158.025 141
159.525 182
160.550 223
161.575 264
155.425
19
156.950
60
156.025 101
158.075 142
159.550 183
160.575 224
161.600 265
155.400
20
157.000
61
156.075 102
158.125 143
159.575 184
160.600 225
161.625 266
155.375
21
157.050
62
156.125 103
158.175 144
159.600 185
160.625 226
161.650 267
155.350
22
157.100
63
156.175 104
158.225 145
159.625 186
160.650 227
161.675 268
155.325
23
157.150
64
156.225 105
158.275 146
159.650 187
160.675 228
161.700 269
155.300
24
157.200
65
156.275 106
158.325 147
159.675 188
160.700 229
161.725 270
155.275
25
157.250
66
156.325 107
158.375 148
159.700 189
160.725 230
161.750 271
155.250
26
157.300
67
156.375 108
158.425 149
159.725 190
160.750 231
161.775 272
155.225
27
157.350
68
156.425 109
158.475 150
159.750 191
160.775 232
161.800 273
155.200
28
157.400
69
156.475
110
158.525 151
159.775 192
160.800 233
161.825 274
155.175
29
157.450
70
156.525
111
158.575 152
159.800 193
160.825 234
161.850 275
155.150
30
157.500
71
156.575
112
158.625 153
159.825 194
160.850 235
161.875 276
155.125
31
157.550
72
156.625
113
158.675 154
159.850 195
160.875 236
161.900 277
155.100
32
157.600
73
156.675
114
158.725 155
159.875 196
160.900 237
161.925 278
155.075
33
157.650
74
156.725
115
158.775 156
159.900 197
160.925 238
161.950 279
155.050
34
157.700
75
–
116
158.825 157
159.925 198
160.950 239
161.975 280
155.025
35
157.750
76
–
117
158.875 158
159.950 199
160.975 240
162.000 281
155.000
36
157.800
77
156.875
118
158.925 159
159.975 200
161.000 241
162.025
37
157.850
78
156.925
119
158.975 160
160.000 201
161.025 212
155.975
38
157.900
79
156.975 120
159.000 161
160.025 202
161.050 243
155.950
39
157.950
80
157.025 121
159.025 162
160.050 203
161.075 244
155.925
40
158.000
81
157.075 122
159.050 163
160.075 204
161.100 245
155.900
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MEMORY MODE
SPECIAL MEMORY CHANNEL OPERATION
Short-Wave Broadcast Station Memory Channels
A large number of Short-Wave Broadcast Station Memory Channels have also been preprogrammed at the factory, for convenient selection of broadcast stations.
1. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [ ] key, to recall the Special Memory Menu.
2. Press the [BAND] key to select the “RADIO” (thus recalling the
Broadcast Station Channel Memory Bank).
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select any of 89 available Broadcast
Stations.
4. Press the [H/L] key to toggle the display
indication between “Frequency” and “Station Name.”
5. To exit to normal operation, press the [V/
M] key, or press the [F/W] key followed by the [ ] key..
BROADCAST STATION FREQUENCY LIST
Ch
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
46
Freq. MODE
Tag
Station Name
(MHz)
6.030
AM
VOA
Voice of America
6.160
AM
VOA
Voice of America
9.760
AM
VOA
Voice of America
11.930
AM
VOA
Voice of America
5.995
AM
CANADA Radio Canada International
7.235
AM
CANADA Radio Canada International
9.735
AM
CANADA Radio Canada International
11.955
AM
CANADA Radio Canada International
6.195
AM
BBC
British Broadcasting Corporation
9.410
AM
BBC
British Broadcasting Corporation
12.095
AM
BBC
British Broadcasting Corporation
15.310
AM
BBC
British Broadcasting Corporation
6.045
AM
FRANCE Radio France International
9.790
AM
FRANCE Radio France International
11.670
AM
FRANCE Radio France International
15.525
AM
FRANCE Radio France International
3.955
AM
DW
Deutsche Welle
6.075
AM
DW
Deutsche Welle
9.545
AM
DW
Deutsche Welle
9.735
AM
DW
Deutsche Welle
6.060
AM
ITALY
Italian Radio International
7.175
AM
ITALY
Italian Radio International
9.515
AM
ITALY
Italian Radio International
17.710
AM
ITALY
Italian Radio International
3.985
AM
SWISS
Swiss Radio International
6.165
AM
SWISS
Swiss Radio International
9.885
AM
SWISS
Swiss Radio International
15.220
AM
SWISS
Swiss Radio International
5.985
AM
BELGUM Radio Vlaanderen International
9.925
AM
BELGUM Radio Vlaanderen International
11.780
AM
BELGUM Radio Vlaanderen International
13.740
AM
BELGUM Radio Vlaanderen International
5.955
AM
NDELND Radio Nederland
6.020
AM
NDELND Radio Nederland
9.895
AM
NDELND Radio Nederland
11.655
AM
NDELND Radio Nederland
9.590
AM
DENMRK Radio Denmark
9.985
AM
DENMRK Radio Denmark
13.800
AM
DENMRK Radio Denmark
15.735
AM
DENMRK Radio Denmark
9.780
AM
PORTGL Radio Portugal
11.960
AM
PORTGL Radio Portugal
15.555
AM
PORTGL Radio Portugal
21.655
AM
PORTGL Radio Portugal
Ch
No.
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
Freq. MODE
Tag
Station Name
(MHz)
7.270
AM
SPAIN
Radio Exterior de Espana
9.520
AM
SPAIN
Radio Exterior de Espana
11.920
AM
SPAIN
Radio Exterior de Espana
15.585
AM
SPAIN
Radio Exterior de Espana
6.090
AM
LUXBRG Radio Luxembourg
7.485
AM
NORWAY Radio Norway International
9.590
AM
NORWAY Radio Norway International
9.985
AM
NORWAY Radio Norway International
13.800
AM
NORWAY Radio Norway International
6.065
AM
SWEDEN Radio Sweden
9.490
AM
SWEDEN Radio Sweden
13.625
AM
SWEDEN Radio Sweden
17.505
AM
SWEDEN Radio Sweden
6.120
AM
FINLND Radio Finland
9.630
AM
FINLND Radio Finland
11.755
AM
FINLND Radio Finland
9.795
AM
FINLND Radio Finland
5.940
AM
RUSSIA Voice of Russia
5.920
AM
RUSSIA Voice of Russia
7.205
AM
RUSSIA Voice of Russia
12.030
AM
RUSSIA Voice of Russia
9.435
AM
ISRAEL Israel Broadcasting Authority
11.585
AM
ISRAEL Israel Broadcasting Authority
15.615
AM
ISRAEL Israel Broadcasting Authority
17.545
AM
ISRAEL Israel Broadcasting Authority
6.045
AM
INDIA
All India Radio (AIR)
9.595
AM
INDIA
All India Radio (AIR)
11.620
AM
INDIA
All India Radio (AIR)
15.020
AM
INDIA
All India Radio (AIR)
7.190
AM
CHINA
China Radio International (CRI)
5.250
AM
CHINA
China Radio International (CRI)
9.855
AM
CHINA
China Radio International (CRI)
11.685
AM
CHINA
China Radio International (CRI)
5.975
AM
KOREA Radio Korea
7.275
AM
KOREA Radio Korea
9.570
AM
KOREA Radio Korea
13.670
AM
KOREA Radio Korea
6.155
AM
JAPAN
Radio Japan
7.200
AM
JAPAN
Radio Japan
9.750
AM
JAPAN
Radio Japan
11.850
AM
JAPAN
Radio Japan
5.995
AM
ASTRLA Radio Australia
9.580
AM
ASTRLA Radio Australia
9.660
AM
ASTRLA Radio Australia
12080
AM
ASTRLA Radio Australia
VX-2R OPERATING MANUAL
SCANNING
The VX-2R allows you to scan just the memory channels, the entire operating band, or a
portion of that band. It will halt on signals encountered, so you can talk to the station(s) on
that frequency, if you like.
Scanning operation is basically the same in each of the above modes. Before you begin,
take a moment to select the way in which you would like the scanner to resume scanning
after it halts on a signal.
Setting the Scan-Resume Technique
Five options for the Scan-Resume mode are available:
3 SEC/5 SEC/10 SEC: In this mode, the scanner will halt on a signal it encounters, and
will hold there for the selected resume time. If you do not take
action to disable the scanner within that time period, the scanner
will resume even if the stations are still active.
BUSY:
In this mode, the scanner will halt on a signal it encounters. Two
seconds after the carrier has dropped because the other station(s)
ceased transmission, the scanner will resume. In the case of constant-carrier signals like Weather Station broadcasts, the scanner
will likely remain on this frequency indefinitely.
HOLD:
In this mode, the scanner will halt on a signal it encounters. It will
not restart automatically; you must manually re-initiate scanning
if you wish to resume.
To set the Scan-Resume mode:
1. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 31: RESUME.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired scan-resume mode.
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
R.F. Says: The default condition for this Set Mode Item is “5 SEC.”
Setting the Squelch Level during active Scanning operation
The VX-2R allows adjustment of the Squelch level “on the fly” while you are scanning.
1. While the scanner is engaged, press the [F/W] key, then press the MONI key (the
current squelch level will appear below the frequency display).
2. Rotate the DIAL to select the desired Squelch level.
3. Press the PTT switch momentarily to save the new setting and exit to normal operation. In this case, pressing the PTT switch this one time will not causing scanning to
stop.
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SCANNING
VFO SCANNING
This mode allows you to scan on the VFO mode.
1. Select the VFO mode by pressing the [V/M] key, if necessary.
2. Press and hold in the [BAND] key for one second, and rotate the DIAL knob while
holding in the [BAND] key to select the bandwidth for the VFO scanner. Available
selections are ±1 MHz, ±2 MHz, ±5 MHz, BAND, ALL, and PMS-X.
BAND: The scanner will sweep frequencies only on the current band.
ALL:
The scanner will sweep all frequencies between 0.5 MHz and 999 MHz.
PMS-X: The scanner will sweep frequencies within the currently-selected PMS frequency pair. See page 52 for details.
3. Release the [BAND] key to start scanning.
4. If and when the scanner encounters a signal strong enough to open the squelch, the
scanner will halt temporarily; the decimal point of the frequency display will blink
during this “Pause” condition.
5. The scanner will then resume according to the Scan-Resume mode selected in the
previous section.
6. To cancel scanning, press the PTT switch or [V/M] key.
1) When you start scanning, the VX-2R will be changing frequency in the
upward direction. If you want to change direction of the scan while it is underway, rotate the DIAL knob one click in the opposite direction (in this case,
one click counter-clockwise). You’ll see the scanner turn around and change frequency
downward!
2) You may change the scanner’s method of operation so that the VFO frequency will
jump to the low band edge of the next band when the VFO frequency reaches the high
edge of the current band (or vice versa). See page 72 regarding Set Mode Item 47: VFO
MD.
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VFO SCANNING
How to Skip (Omit) a Frequency during VFO Scan
If the VFO scan stops on a frequency or frequencies that you do not need (such as a spurious radiation from a television), such frequencies can be “skipped” during VFO scanning.
This accomplished by storing these frequencies in a special “Frequency Skip Memory”
bank reserved for this purpose.
To skip a frequency during VFO scanning:
1. While VFO scanning is stopped on the frequency that you do not need, press and hold
the [F/W] key for one second, then rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired Frequency Skip Memory channel (901 - 999, and 000). The microprocessor will automatically select the next-available “free” Frequency Skip Memory channel (a memory
register on which no data has been stored). If you see that any blinking channel number, it means that the channel currently has no data written on it (i.e. the channel is
“free”).
2. Press the [F/W] key to store the frequency into the Frequency Skip Memory; it now is
programmed to be ignored during VFO scanning.
The VX-2R has 100 VFO Frequency Skip Memory Channels.
To re-institute a frequency into the VFO scan loop:
1. Press the [V/M] key, if needed, to enter the MR mode.
2. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second, then rotate the DIAL knob to select the
memory channel to be re-instituted.
3. Press the [ ] key to delete the channel from the Frequency Skip Memory; this will reinstitute the frequency into the VFO scan loop.
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SCANNING
MEMORY SCANNING
Memory scanning is similarly easy to initiate:
1. Set the radio to the Memory mode by pressing the [V/M] key, if necessary.
2. Press and hold in the [BAND] key for one second, and rotate the DIAL knob while
holding in the [BAND] key to select the desired Memory Scan mode. Available selections are ALL CH, BAND, and PMS-X.
ALL CH: The scanner sweeps all Memory channels.
BAND: The scanner sweeps only those Memory channels which are memorized on
the same operating band as the first channel on which scanning started.
PMS-X: The scanner will sweep frequencies within the currently-selected PMS frequency pair. See page 52 for details.
3. Release the [BAND] key to initiate scanning.
4. As with VFO scanning, the scanner will halt on any signal encountered that is strong
enough to open the squelch; it will then resume scanning according to the Scan-Resume mode set previously.
5. To cancel scanning, press the PTT switch or [V/M] key.
Temporary Memory Skip
If the scanner repeatedly stops on a channel due to temporary noise or interference, you
can temporarily mark it to be skipped (except for Memory Channel “1”). The channel will
be skipped until you manually stop the scan (by pressing the PTT switch, for example).
To skip a channel temporarily, press the [F/W] key, then press the [BAND] key while the
scanner has stopped on the channel to be skipped. The scanner will instantaneously resume, and that channel will not be scanned during this scanning session.
How to Skip (Omit) a Channel during Memory Scan Operation
As mentioned previously, some continuous-carrier stations like a Weather Broadcast station will seriously impede scanner operation if you are using the “Carrier Drop” ScanResume mode, as the incoming signal will not pause long enough for the transceiver to
resume scanning. Such channels may be “Skipped” during scanning, if you like:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Recall the Memory Channel to be skipped during scanning.
Press and hold the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select the Set Mode Item 39: SKIP.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob so as to select “SKIP.” The current Memory Channel will now
be ignored during scanning. The “ONLY” selection is used for “Preferential Memory
Scan,” described in the next column.
6. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the setting and exit to
normal operation.
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MEMORY SCANNING
When you recall the “skipped” memory channel manually, a small “u” icon will appear at
the left of the memory channel number, indicating it is to be ignored during scanning.
To re-institute a channel into the scanning loop, select “OFF” in step 5 above (the “Skipped”
channel will, of course, still be accessible via manual channel selection methods using the
DIAL knob in the MR mode, whether or not it is locked out of the scanning loop).
Preferential Memory Scan
The VX-2R also allows you to set up a “Preferential Scan List” of channels which you can
“flag” within the memory system. These channels are designated by a blinking “u” icon
when you have selected them, one by one, for the Preferential Scan List.
When you initiate memory scanning, beginning on a channel with the blinking “u” icon
appended, only those channels bearing the blinking “u” icon will be scanned. If you initiate scanning on a channel which does not have the blinking “u” icon appended, you will
scan all channels including those with the blinking “u” icon appended.
Here is the procedure for setting up and using the Preferential Scan List:
1. Recall the Memory Channel which you wish to add to the Preferential Scan List.
2. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 39: SKIP.
4. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
5. Rotate the DIAL knob so as to select “ONLY.”
6. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the settings and exit to
normal operation.
To initiate Preferential Memory Scan:
1. Press the [V/M] key momentarily to enter the Memory Recall mode, if you are not
using memories already.
2. Rotate the DIAL to select any channel which has a blinking “u” icon appended to the
channel number.
3. Press and hold in the [BAND] key for one second, and rotate the DIAL knob while
holding in the [BAND] key to select the desired Memory Scan mode.
ALL CH: The scanner sweeps all Preferential Memory channels.
BAND: The scanner sweeps only those Preferential Memory channels which are
memorized on the same operating band as the first channel on which scanning started.
PMS-X: This is not Preferential Memory Scan. The scanner will sweep frequencies
within the currently-selected PMS frequency pair. See next page for details.
4. Release the [BAND] key to initiate Preferential Memory Scanning. Only the channels
which have a blinking “u” icon appended to the channel number will be scanned.
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SCANNING
PROGRAMMABLE (BAND LIMIT) MEMORY SCAN (PMS)
This feature allows you to set sub-band limits for either scanning or manual VFO operation. For example, you might with to set up a limit (in North America) of 144.300 MHz to
148.000 MHz so as to prevent encroachment into the SSB/CW “Weak Signal” portion of
the band below 144.300 MHz. Here’s how to do this:
1. Set the radio to the VFO mode by pressing the [V/M] key, if necessary.
2. Using the techniques learned earlier, store (per the above concept) 144.300 MHz into
Memory Channel #L1 (the “L” designates the Lower sub-band limit).
3. Likewise, store 148.000 MHz into Memory Channel #U1 (the “U” designates the
Upper sub-band limit).
4. Switch to the Memory mode by pressing the [V/M] key once, then rotate the DIAL to
select Memory Channel # L1.
5. Press the [F/W] key, then press the [V/M] key to start PMS operation; the Memory
Channel number will be replaced by “P 1.” Tuning and scanning (engaged by pressing
and holding in the [BAND] key for one second) will now be limited within the justprogrammed range.
6. 50 pairs of Band Limit memories, labeled L1/U1 through L50/U50 are available. You
therefore can set upper and lower operation limits on a number of bands, if you like.
“PRIORITY CHANNEL” SCANNING (DUAL WATCH)
The VX-2R’s scanning features include a two-channel scanning capability which allows
you to operate on a VFO or Memory channel, while periodically checking a user-defined
Memory Channel for activity. If a station is received on the Memory Channel which is
strong enough to open the Squelch, the scanner will pause on that station in accordance
with the Scan-Resume mode set via Set Mode Item 31: RESUME. See page 47.
Here is the procedure for activating Priority Channel Dual Watch operation:
1. Press the [V/M] key momentarily to enter the Memory Recall mode, if you are not
using memories already.
2. Press and hold in the [F/W] key for one second, then rotate DIAL knob to select the
memory channel you wish to be the “Priority” channel.
3. Press the [BAND] key. The “ ” icon will appear to the left side of the memory
channel number, indicating it is the Priority channel.
4. Now set the VX-2R for operation on another memory channel, or on a VFO frequency.
5. Press and hold in the [V/M] key for one second. The display will remain on the VFO or
memory channel selected; however, the “
” icon will appear
on the display, and every five seconds the VX-2R will check
the Priority Channel for activity. If a station appears on the Priority Channel, the radio will pause on that channel, as described
previously.
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SCANNING
AUTOMATIC LAMP ILLUMINATION ON SCAN STOP
The VX-2R will automatically illuminate the LCD Lamp whenever the scanner stops on a
signal; this allows you to see the frequency of the incoming signal better at night. Note that
this will, of course, increase the battery consumption, so be sure to switch it off during the
day (the default condition for this feature is “ON”).
The procedure for disabling the Scan Lamp is:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 37: SCNLMP.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “OFF.”
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the setting and exit to
normal operation.
BAND EDGE BEEPER
The VX-2R will automatically “beep” when a band edge is encountered during scanning
(either in standard VFO scanning or during PMS operation). You may enable this feature
(band edge beeper) when the frequency reaches the band edge while selecting the VFO
frequency by the DIAL knob.
The procedure for enabling the Band-Edge Beeper is:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 19: EDGBP.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “ON.”
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the setting and exit to
normal operation.
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SMART SEARCH OPERATION
The Smart Search feature allows you to load frequencies automatically according to where
activity is encountered by your radio. When Smart Search is engaged, the transceiver will
search above and below your current frequency, storing active frequencies as it goes (without stopping on them even momentarily); these frequencies are stored into a special Smart
Search memory band, consisting of 31 memories (15 above the current frequency, 15 below the current frequency, plus the current frequency itself).
Two basic operating modes for Smart Search are available:
SINGLE: In this mode, the transceiver will sweep the current band once in each direction
starting on the current frequency. All channels where activity is present will be
loaded into the Smart Search memories; whether or not all 31 memories are filled,
the search will stop after one sweep in each direction.
CONT: In this mode, the transceiver will make one pass in each direction as with OneShot searching; if all 31 channels are not filled after the first sweep, however, the
radio will continue sweeping until they are all filled.
Setting the Smart Search Mode
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 36: S SCH.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this
Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired Smart Search mode
(see above).
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT switch to save the setting and exit
to normal operation.
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Storing Smart Search Memories
1. Set the radio to the VFO mode. Be sure that you have the Squelch adjusted properly
(so that band noise is quieted).
2. Rotate the DIAL, while pressing and holding in the [MD] key,
to select “S SRCH (Smart Search mode).”
3. Release the [MD] key to enter the Smart Search mode.
4. Press and hold the [BAND] key for one second to begin the
Smart Search scanning.
5. As active channels are detected, you will observe the number of “loaded” channels
increasing in the regular memory channel window.
6. Depending on the mode you set for Smart Search operation (“SINGLE” or “CONT”),
the Smart Search scan will eventually terminate, and the LCD
will revert to Smart Search Memory Channel “C.”
7. To recall the Smart Search memories, rotate the DIAL knob to
choose from among the Smart Search memories.
8. To return to normal operation, just press the [MD] key.
Smart Search is a great tool when visiting a city for the first time. You don’t
need to spend hours looking up repeater frequencies from a reference
guidebook…just ask your VX-2R where the action is!
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CHANNEL COUNTER OPERATION
The Channel Counter allows measuring of the frequency of a nearby transmitter, without
knowing that frequency in advance. The frequency can be measured by bringing the VX2R close to the transceiver which is transmitting.
The VX-2R performs a high-speed search within a ±5 MHz range from the frequency
displayed on the LCD. When the strongest signal in that range is identified, the VX-2R
displays the frequency of that (strongest) signal, and writes it into the special “Channel
Counter” memory.
Note: This Channel Counter is designed to provide an indication of the operating frequency of the incoming signal, one that is close enough to allow the user, thereafter, to
tune precisely to the other station’s frequency. This feature is not, however, designed to
provide a precise determination of the other station’s frequency.
1. Set the radio to the VFO mode in the predicted frequency range for the transmitter to
be measured.
2. Bring the VX-2R into close proximity to the transmitter to be measured.
3. Rotate the DIAL, while pressing and holding in the [MD] key,
to select “CH CNT (Channel Counter mode).”
4. Release the [MD] key to begin the Channel Counter; the frequency of the nearby station will be displayed. When the channel counter is active, a 50 dB receiver front-end attenuator will
be engaged. Therefore, only stations in close proximity may
have their frequencies measured using this feature.
5. If it isn’t possible to determine the signal’s frequency, the transceiver will return to the frequency on which you were operating
when you started Channel Counter operation.
6. When you are finished, just press the [MD] key. The radio will
exit from Channel Counter operation.
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Setting the Channel Counter Sweep Width
You may change the bandwidth of the Channel Counter. Available selections are ±5, ±10,
±50, and ±100 MHz (default: ±5 MHz).
Here is the procedure for setting the Channel Counter Bandwidth:
1. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 10: CH CNT.
3. Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of this
Set Mode Item.
4. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the desired bandwidth.
5. When you have made your selection, press the PTT key to save the new setting and
exit to normal operation.
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INTERNET CONNECTION
FEATURE
The VX-2R can be used to access a “node” (repeater or base station) which is tied into the
Vertex Standard WIRES™ (Wide-Coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) network, operating in the “SRG” (Sister Radio Group) mode. Details may be found at the
WIRES-II Web site: http://www.vxstd.com/en/wiresinfo-en/. This feature may also be used
to access other systems, as described below.
1. Press the [ ] key to activate the Internet Connection feature.
The “ ” icon will appear in the upper right corner of the display.
2. Rotate the DIAL knob, while pressing and holding in the [ ]
key, to select the access number corresponding to the WIRES™
repeater to which you wish to establish an Internet link (ask
your repeater owner/operator if you don’t know the access numbers in the network). Now release the [ ] key to exit from the
selection mode.
3. With the Internet Connection feature activated (as in step 1 above), the VX-2R will
generate a brief (0.1 second) DTMF tone according to your selection in step 2. This
DTMF tone is sent at the beginning of every transmission to establish or maintain the
link to the remote WIRES™ repeater operating in the SRG mode.
4. To disable the Internet Connection feature, press the [ ] key again (The “Internet”
icon disappear from the display.
You may access other Internet Link Systems that use a DTMF string for access.
1. Load the DTMF tones which you wish to use for Internet-link access into a DTMF
Autodial memory resister. For purposes of this example, we will use “#123” as the
access code.
A. Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
B. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 17: DTMF.
C. Press the [H/L] key to enable adjustment of this Set Mode
Item.
D. Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Item to “AUTO.”
E. Press the [H/L] key momentarily, then rotate the DIAL knob
one click clockwise to select Set Mode Item 18: DTMF S.
F. Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 18: DTMF
S.
G. Press the [H/L] key momentarily, then rotate the DIAL knob
to select the DTMF Memory register into which you wish
to store the access code.
H. Press the [V/M] key momentarily. The first digit will blink.
I. Rotate the DIAL knob to select “F” (representing DTMF
“#”: the first digit of the DTMF string).
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FEATURE
Press the [V/M] key momentarily to accept the first digit
and move to the second digit of the DTMF string.
J. Repeat the previous steps until you have completed the access code (“#123”).
K. Press the [H/L ] key momentarily to store the DTMF
memory.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select Set Mode Item 23: INT MD.
Press the [H/L] key to enable adjustment of this Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to set this Set Mode Item to “LINK” (thus
activating the “Other Internet Link System” mode).
Press the PTT key to save the new settings and exit to normal
operation.
Press the [ ] key to activate the Internet Connection feature.
The “ ” icon will appear in the upper right corner of the display..
If you have stored multiple DTMF strings for access to different link nodes, rotate the
DIAL knob, while pressing and holding in the [ ] key, to select the DTMF Memory
register (CH1 - CH9) corresponding to that node’s DTMF access string.
Whit the Internet Connection feature is activated per step 6 above, you may now press
the [ ] key, while you are transmitting, to send out the selected DTMF string (to
establish the link to the desired Internet-link mode).
To return to the WIRES™ mode, repeat steps 2 - 5 above.
J.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
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RESET PROCEDURES
In some instances of erratic or unpredictable operation, the cause may be corruption of
data in the microprocessor (due to static electricity, etc.). If this happens, resetting of the
microprocessor may restore normal operation. Note that all memories will be erased if you
do a complete microprocessor reset, as described below.
MICROPROCESSOR RESETTING
To clear all memories and other settings to factory defaults:
1. Turn the radio off.
2. Press and hold in the [BAND], [H/L] and [V/M] keys while turning the radio on.
3. Press the [F/W] key momentarily to reset all settings to their factory defaults (press
any other key to cancel the Reset procedure).
SET MODE RESETTING
To reset the Set Mode Item settings to their factory defaults:
1. Turn the radio off.
2. Press and hold in the [BAND] and [V/M] keys while turning the radio on.
3. Press the [F/W] key momentarily to reset the Set (Menu) mode settings to their factory
defaults (press any other key to cancel the Reset procedure).
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CLONING
The VX-2R includes a convenient “Clone” feature, which allows the memory and configuration data from one transceiver to be transferred to another VX-2R. This can be particularly useful when configuring a number of transceivers for a public service operation. Here
is the procedure for Cloning one radio’s data to another:
1. Turn both radios off.
2. Connect the optional CT-27 Clone Cable between the MIC/SP jacks of the two radios.
3. Press and hold in the [F/W] key while turning the radios on. Do
this for both radios (the order of switch-on does not matter).
“CLONE” will appear on the displays of both radios when the
Clone mode is successfully activated in this step.
4. On the Destination radio, press the [V/M] key (“WAIT” will
appear on the LCD).
5. Press the [BAND] key on the Source radio; “TX” will appear
on the Source radio, and the data from this radio will be transferred to the other radio.
6. If there is a problem during the cloning process, “ERROR” will
be displayed. Check your cable connections and battery voltage, and try again.
7. If the data transfer is successful, “CLONE” will reappear on both displays. Turn both
radios off and disconnect the clone cable. You can then turn the radios back on, and
begin normal operation.
CT-27 CLONING CABLE
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SET (MENU) MODE
The VX-2R Set Mode, already described in parts of many previous chapters, is easy to
activate and set. It may be used for configuration of a wide variety of transceiver parameters, some of which have not been detailed previously. Use the following procedure to
activate the Set Mode:
Press and hold in the [H/L] key for one second to enter the Set mode.
Rotate the DIAL knob to select the Set Mode Item to be adjusted.
Press the [H/L] key momentarily to enable adjustment of the Set Mode Item.
Rotate the DIAL knob to adjust or select the parameter to be changed on the Set Mode
Item selected in above step.
5. After completing your selection and adjustment, press the PTT switch momentarily to
save the new setting and exit to normal operation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Some Set Mode Items (like Set Mode Item 44: TN FRQ) require that the [H/
L] key be pressed after setting of the parameter, and before exiting to normal
operation.
“MY MENU” Short-cut Key Setup
The MY MENU key function allows you to create a short-cut path for recall of one of Set
Mode Items. The [ ] key then serves as the “Short-Cut” key..
1. Press and hold in the [ ] key while turning the radio on. This procedure switches the
[ ] key between the “Internet Connection” function and the “MY MENU” key function.
2. Recall the Set Mode Item which you wish to assign to the [ ] key as a Menu shortcut.
3. Press and hold in the [ ] key for one second to assign the Set Mode Item to the [ ]
key.
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Set Mode Item
Function
1 [APO]
Setting of the Automatic Power-Off feature.
2 [AR BEP]
3 [AR INT]
4 [ARS]
5 [ATT]
6 [BCLO]
7 [BEEP]
8 [BELL]
9 [BSYLED]
10 [CH CNT]
Selects the Beep option during ARTS operation.
Selects the Polling Interval during ARTS operation.
Enables/Disables the Automatic Repeater Shift function.
Enables/Disables the receiver Front-end Attenuator.
Enables/Disables the Busy Channel Lock-Out feature.
Enables/Disables the Keypad beeper.
Selects the number of CTCSS/DCS Bell ringer repetitions.
Enables/Disables the BUSY LED while the Squelch is open.
Selects the Channel Counter Search Width.
11 [CK SFT]
12 [CW ID]
13 [DC VLT]
14 [DCS CD]
15 [DCS RV]
16 [DIMMER]
17 [DTMF]
18 [DTMF S]
19 [EDG BP]
Shifting of the CPU clock frequency.
Programs and activates the CW Identifier (used during ARTS operation).
Indicates the DC Supply Voltage.
Setting of the DCS code.
Enables/Disables “Inverted” DCS code decoding.
Setting of the Display brightness level.
Selects the DTMF Autodialer Memory Number.
Programming of the DTMF Autodialer.
Enables/Disables the Band-edge beeper while selecting the frequency by
the DIAL knob.
Select the alarms utilized when the Emergency function is engaged.
20 [EMG S]
21 [HLFDEV]
22 [HM/RV]
23 [INT MD]
24 [LAMP]
25 [LOCK]
26 [M/T-CL]
27 [MW MD]
28 [NAME]
29 [NM SET]
30 [OPNMSG]
31 [RESUME]
32 [RF SQL]
33 [RPT]
34 [RX MD]
35 [RXSAVE]
Reducing the Deviation level by 50 %.
Selects the function of the [HM/RV] key.
Selects the “Internet Connection” feature.
Selects the LCD/Keypad Lamp mode.
Selects the Control Locking lockout combination.
Selects the MONI key (just below the PTT switch) function.
Selects the method of selection of channels for Memory Storage.
Toggles the display indication between “frequency” and the channel’s
“Alpha/Numeric Tag.”
Stores Alpha-Numeric “Tags” for the Memory channels.
Selects the Opening Message that appears when the radio is powered on.
Selects the Scan Resume mode.
Adjusts the RF Squelch threshold level.
Sets the Repeater Shift Direction.
Selects the Receiving mode.
Selects the Receive-mode Battery Saver interval (“sleep” ratio).
36 [S SCH]
37 [SCNLMP]
38 [SHIFT]
39 [SKIP]
40 [SPLIT]
41 [SQL]
Selects the Smart Search Sweep mode.
Enables/Disables the Scan lamp while paused.
Sets the magnitude of the repeater Shift.
Selects the Memory Scan channel-selection mode.
Enables/Disables split CTCSS/DCS coding.
Sets the Squelch threshold level.
42 [SQL TYP]
43 [STEP]
Selects the Tone Encoder and/or Decoder mode.
Setting of the synthesizer steps.
44 [TN FRQ]
Setting of the CTCSS Tone Frequency.
45 [TOT]
46 [TXSAVE]
47 [VFO MD]
48 [WX ALT]
Setting of the TOT time.
Enables/Disables the Transmitter Battery Saver.
Selects or disables the VFO band edge limiting for the current band.
Enables/Disables the NOAA Weather Alert Feature.
Available Values
(Default: Bold Itaric)
OFF/30MIN/1HOUR/3HOUR/
5HOUR/8HOUR
IN RNG/ALWAYS/OFF
25SEC/15SEC
ON/OFF
OFF/ON
ON/OFF
ON/OFF
OFF/1/3/5/8/CONT
ON/OFF
±5 MHz/±10 MHz/±50 MHz/
±100 MHz
OFF/ON
----104 standard DCS codes (023)
DISABL/ENABLE
LVL 0 - LVL 12
DTMF1 - DTMF 9, or MANUAL
--OFF/ON
BEEP/STROBE/BP+STR/BEAM/
BP+BEM/CW/BP+CW
OFF/ON
REV/HOME
WIRES/LINK
KEY/CONT/OFF
KEY/DIAL/K+D/PTT/K+P/D+P/ALL
MONI/T-CALLø1
NEXT/ LOWER
FREQ/ALPHA
--DC/MSG/OFF
3 SEC/5 SEC/10 SEC/BUSY/HOLD
S1/S2/S3/S4/S5/S6/S8/S9+/OFF
SIMP/-RPT/+RPTø2
AUTO/N-FM/AM/W-FM
200MS(1:1)/300MS(1:1.5)/
500MS(1:2.5)/1S(1:5)/2S(1:10)/
OFF
SINGLE/CONT
ON/OFF
--OFF/SKIP/ONLY
OFF/ON
Narrow FM: LVL 0 - LVL 15 (LVL 1),
Wide FM: LVL 0 - LVL 8 (LVL 2)
OFF/TONE/TSQ/DCS/RV TN
5/9/10/12.5/15/20/25/50/100 kHz,
or AUTO
50 standard CTCSS tones
(100.0 Hz)
OFF/1M/3M/5M/10M (Minutes)
OFF/ON
BAND/ALL
OFF/ON
ø1: Depends on transceiver version.
ø2: Depends on operating band and transceiver version.
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SET (MENU) MODE
SQL SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Adjusts the RF Squelch threshold level.
Sets the Squelch threshold level.
32 [RF SQL]
41 [SQL]
S1/S2/S3/S4/S5/S6/S8/S9+/OFF
Narrow FM: LVL 0 - LVL 15 (LVL 1),
Wide FM: LVL 0 - LVL 8 (LVL 2)
REPEATER SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Enables/Disables the Automatic Repeater Shift function.
Sets the Repeater Shift Direction.
Sets the magnitude of the repeater Shift.
4 [ARS]
33 [RPT]
38 [SHIFT]
ON/OFF
SIMP/-RPT/+RPTø1
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CTCSS/DCS/DTMF SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Selects the number of CTCSS/DCS Bell ringer repetitions.
Setting of the DCS code.
Enables/Disables “Inverted” DCS code decoding.
Selects the DTMF Autodialer Memory Number.
Programming of the DTMF Autodialer.
Enables/Disables split CTCSS/DCS coding.
Selects the Tone Encoder and/or Decoder mode.
Setting of the CTCSS Tone Frequency.
8 [BELL]
14 [DCS CD]
15 [DCS RV]
17 [DTMF]
18 [DTMF S]
40 [SPLIT]
42 [SQL TYP]
44 [TN FRQ]
OFF/1/3/5/8/CONT
104 standard DCS codes (023)
DISABL/ENABLE
DTMF1 - DTMF 9, or MANUAL
--OFF/ON
OFF/TONE/TSQ/DCS/RV TN
50 standard CTCSS tones (100.0 Hz)
ARTS SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Selects the Beep option during ARTS operation.
Selects the Polling Interval during ARTS operation.
Programs and activates the CW Identifier
(used during ARTS operation).
2 [AR BEP]
3 [AR INT]
12 [CW ID]
IN RNG/ALWAYS/OFF
25SEC/15SEC
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M EMORY SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Selects the method of selection of channels for Memory Storage.
Toggles the display indication between
“frequency” and the channel’s “Alpha/Numeric Tag.”
Stores Alpha-Numeric “Tags” for the Memory channels.
27 [MW MD]
28 [NAME]
NEXT/ LOWER
FREQ/ALPHA
29 [NM SET]
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SCAN SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Selects the Memory Scan channel-selection mode.
Selects the Channel Counter Search Width.
Selects the Scan Resume mode.
Selects the Smart Search Sweep mode.
Enables/Disables the Scan lamp while paused.
239 [SKIP]
10 [CH CNT]
31 [RESUME]
36 [S SCH]
37 [SCNLMP]
OFF/SKIP/ONLY
±5 MHz/±10 MHz/±50 MHz/±100 MHz
3 SEC/5 SEC/10 SEC/BUSY/HOLD
SINGLE/CONT
ON/OFF
POWER SAVE SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Setting of the Automatic Power-Off feature.
1 [APO]
Enables/Disables the BUSY LED while the Squelch is open.
Selects the Receive-mode Battery Saver interval (“sleep” ratio).
9 [BSYLED]
35 [RXSAVE]
Setting of the TOT time.
Enables/Disables the Transmitter Battery Saver.
45 [TOT]
46 [TXSAVE]
OFF/30MIN/1HOUR/3HOUR/5HOUR/
8HOUR
ON/OFF
200MS(1:1)/300MS(1:1.5)/
500MS(1:2.5)/1S(1:5)/2S(1:10)/OFF
OFF/1M/3M/5M/10M (Minutes)
OFF/ON
DISPLAY SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Setting of the Display brightness level.
Selects the LCD/Keypad Lamp mode.
16 [DIMMER]
24 [LAMP]
LVL 0 - LVL 12
KEY/CONT/OFF
SWITCH /KNOB SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Enables/Disables the Keypad beeper.
Selects the function of the [HM/RV] key.
Selects the MONI key (just below the PTT switch) function.
Selects the Control Locking lockout combination.
7 [BEEP]
22 [HM/RV]
26 [M/T-CL]
25 [LOCK]
ON/OFF
REV/HOME
MONI/T-CALLø2
KEY/DIAL/K+D/PTT/K+P/D+P/ALL
M ISCELLANEOUS SETTING
SET M ODE ITEM
AVAILABLE VALUES (DEFALT)
Enables/Disables the receiver Front-end Attenuator.
Enables/Disables the Busy Channel Lock-Out feature.
Shifting of the CPU clock frequency.
Indicates the DC Supply Voltage.
Enables/Disables the Band-edge beeper
while selecting the frequency by the DIAL knob.
Select the alarms utilized when the Emergency function is engaged.
5 [ATT]
6 [BCLO]
11 [CK SFT]
13 [DC VLT]
19 [EDG BP]
OFF/ON
OFF/ON
OFF/ON
--OFF/ON
20 [EMG S]
Reducing the Deviation level by 50 %.
Selects the “Internet Connection” feature.
Selects the Opening Message that appears
when the radio is powered on.
Selects the Receivng mode.
Setting of the synthesizer steps.
21 [HLFDEV]
23 [INT MD]
30 [OPNMSG]
BEEP/STROBE/BP+STR/BEAM/
BP+BEM/CW/BP+CW
ON/OFF
WIRES/LINK
DC/MSG/OFF
Selects or disables the VFO band edge limiting for the current band.
Enables/Disables the NOAA Weather Alert Feature.
47 [VFO MD]
48 [WX ALT]
34 [RX MD]
43 [STEP]
AUTO/N-FM/AM/W-FM
5/9/10/12.5/15/20/25/50/100 kHz, or
AUTO
BAND/ALL
OFF/ON
ø1: Depends on operating band and transceiver version.
ø2: Depends on transceiver version.
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SET MODE SUMMARY
Set Mode Item 1 [APO]
Function: Setting of the Automatic Power-Off feature.
Available Values: OFF/30MIN/1HOUR/3HOUR/5HOUR/8HOUR
Default: OFF
Set Mode Item 2 [AR BEP]
Function: Selects the Beep option during ARTS operation.
Available Values: IN RNG/ALWAYS/OFF
Default: IN RNG
IN RNG: Beeps sound only when the radio first detects that you are within range.
ALWAYS: Beeps sound every time a polling transmission is received from the other station (every 15 or 25 seconds when in range).
OFF:
No alert beeps sound.
Set Mode Item 3 [AR INT ]
Function: Selects the Polling Interval during ARTS operation.
Available Values: 25SEC/15SEC
Default: 25SEC
Set Mode Item 4 [ARS]
Function: Enables/Disables the Automatic Repeater Shift function.
Available Values: ON/OFF
Default: ON
Set Mode Item 5 [ATT]
Function: Enables/Disables the receiver Front-end Attenuator.
Available Values: OFF/ON
Default: OFF
Set Mode Item 6 [BCLO]
Function: Enables/Disables the Busy Channel Lock-Out feature.
Available Values: ON/OFF
Default: OFF
Set Mode Item 7 [BEEP]
Function: Enables/Disables the Keypad beeper.
Available Values: ON/OFF
Default: ON
Set Mode Item 8 [BELL]
Function: Selects the number of CTCSS/DCS Bell ringer repetitions.
Available Values: OFF/1/3/5/8/CONT (Continuous ringing)
Default: OFF
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Set Mode Item 9 [BSYLED]
Function: Enables/Disables the BUSY LED while the Squelch is open.
Available Values: ON/OFF
Default: ON
Set Mode Item 10 [CH CNT ]
Function: Selects the Channel Counter Search Width.
Available Values: ±5 MHz/±10 MHz/±50 MHz/±100 MHz
Default: ±5 MHz
Set Mode Item 11 [CK SFT]
Function: Shifting of the CPU clock frequency.
Available Values: OFF/ON
Default: OFF
This function is only used to move a spurious response “birdie,” should it fall on a desired
frequency.
Set Mode Item 12 [CW ID]
Function: Programs and activates the CW Identifier (used during ARTS operation).
See page ?? for details.
Set Mode Item 13 [DC VLT ]
Function: Indicates the DC Supply Voltage.
Set Mode Item 14 [DCS RV]
Function: Setting of the DCS code.
Available Values: 104 standard DCS codes
Default: 023
DCS CODE
023 025 026 031 032 036 043 047 051 053
054 065 071 072 073 074 114 115 116 122
125 131 132 134 143 145 152 155 156 162
165 172 174 205 212 223 225 226 243 244
Set Mode Item 15 [DCS CP]
Function: Enables/Disables “Inverted” DCS
code decoding.
Available Values: DISABL/ENABLE
Default: DISABL
245 246 251 252 255 261 263 265 266 271
274 306 311 315 325 331 332 343 346 351
356 364 365 371 411 412 413 423 431 432
445 446 452 454 455 462 464 465 466 503
506 516 523 526 532 546 565 606 612 624
627 631 632 654 662 664 703 712 723 731
732
Set Mode Item 16 [DIMMER]
Function: Setting of the Display brightness level.
Available Values: LVL 0 - LVL 12
Default: LVL 12
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Set Mode Item 17 [DTMF]
Function: Selects the DTMF Autodialer Memory Number.
Available Values: DTMF1 - DTMF 9, or MANUAL
Default: MANUAL
Set Mode Item 18 [DTMF S]
Function: Programming of the DTMF Autodialer.
See page ?? for details.
Set Mode Item 19 [EDG BP]
Function: Enables/Disables the Band-edge beeper while selecting the frequency by the
DIAL knob.
Available Values: OFF/ON
Default: OFF
Set Mode Item 20 [EMG S]
Function: Select the alarms utilized when the Emergency function is engaged.
Available Values: BEEP/STROBE/BP+STR/BEAM/BP+BEM/CW/BP+CW
Default: BP+STR
BEEP (BP):
Loud “Alarm” sounds.
STROBE (STB): Flashes the BUSY/TX indicator in bright white color.
BP+STB:
Loud “Alarm” sounds along with flashing of the BUSY/TX indicator in
white.
The BUSY/TX indicator glows continuously in white.
BEAM:
BP+BEM:
Loud “Alarm” sounds and the BUSY/TX indicator glows continuously
in white.
The BUSY/TX indicator flashes according to the programmed EmerCW:
gency message (Morse Code)ø at a rate of five words per minute.
BP+CW:
Sounds tones via the speaker, and flashes the BUSY/TX indicator, according to the programmed Emergency message (Morse Code) ø at a rate
of five words per minute. The internationally-recognized Morse Code
“S.O.S” message (• • • – – – • • •) is programmed at the factory for the
Emergency message.
øHere’s how to program the Emergency Message:
1. Set this Set Mode Item to “CW” or “BP+CW.”
2. Press the [V/M] key to enable programming of the emergency message. You will notice the first character entry’s place blinking.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the first letter/number of the message, then press the
[V/M] key momentarily to save the first letter/number and move on to the next character.
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4. Repeat the previous step as necessary to complete the message (up to 16 characters).
5. If you make a mistake, press the [BAND] key to back-space the cursor; now re-enter
the correct letter/number.
6. Press the [HM/RV] key to delete all data after the cursor that may have been previously stored erroneously.
7. When you have entered the message, press the [H/L] key momentarily to confirm the
message, then press the PTT key to save the settings and exit to normal operation.
Set Mode Item 21 [HLFDEV]
Function: Reducing the Deviation level by 50 %.
Available Values: OFF/ON
Default: OFF
Set Mode Item 22 [HM/RV]
Function: Selects the function of the [HM/RV] key.
Available Values: REV/HOME
Default: REV
REV: Pressing the [HM/RV] key reverses the transmit and receive frequencies during
repeater operation.
HOME: Pressing the [HM/RV] key instantly recalls a favorite “Home” channel.
Set Mode Item 23 [INT MD]
Function: Selects the “Internet Connection” feature.
Available Values: WIRES/LINK
Default: WIRES (sends a single DTMF digit at the beginning of each transmission)
Set Mode Item 24 [LAMP]
Function: Selects the LCD/Keypad Lamp mode.
Available Values: KEY/CONT/OFF
Default: KEY
KEY: Illuminates the LCD/Keypad for 5 seconds when any key is pressed.
CONT: Illuminates the LCD/Keypad continuously.
OFF: Disables the LCD/Keypad illumination
Set Mode Item 25 [LOCK]
Function: Selects the Control Locking lockout combination.
Available Values: KEY/DIAL/K+D/PTT/K+P/D+P/ALL
Default: KEY
Note: “K” = “Key;” “D” = “Dial;” and “P” = “PTT.”
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SET MODE SUMMARY
Set Mode Item 26 [M/T-CL]
Function: Selects the MONI key (just below the PTT switch) function.
Available Values: MONI/T-CALL
Default: Depends on the transceiver version.
MONI: Pressing the MONI key causes the Noise/Tone Squelch to be over-ridden, allowing you to listen for weak (or non-encoded) signals.
T-CALL: Pressing the MONI key activates a 1750-Hz burst tone, used for repeater access
in many countries (especially in Europe).
Set Mode Item 27 [MW MD]
Function: Selects the method of selection of channels for Memory Storage.
Available Values: NEXT/ LOWER
Default: NEXT
NEXT: Stores the data into the memory channel which is next-highest from the laststored memory channel.
LOWER: Stores the data into the next-available “free” channel.
Set Mode Item 28 [NAME]
Function: Toggles the display indication between “frequency” and the channel’s “Alpha/
Numeric Tag.”
Available Values: FREQ/ALPHA
Default: FREQ
Set Mode Item 29 [NM SET]
Function: Stores Alpha-Numeric “Tags” for the Memory channels.
See page 39 for details.
Set Mode Item 30 [OPNMSG]
Function: Selects the Opening Message that appears when the radio is powered on.
Available Values: DC/MSG/OFF
Default: DC
DC: DC supply voltage
MSG: Set by user. See below.
OFF: No Opening Message
Here’s how to program the Opening Message:
1. Set this Set Mode Item to “MSG.”
2. Press the [V/M] key momentarily to enable programming of the opening message. You
will notice the first character entry’s location blinking.
3. Rotate the DIAL knob to select the first letter/number of the message, then press the
[V/M] key momentarily to save the first letter/number and move on to the next character.
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4. Repeat the previous step as necessary to complete the message (up to six characters).
5. If you make a mistake, press the [BAND] key to back-space the cursor; now re-enter
the correct letter/number.
6. Press the [HM/RV] key to delete all data after the cursor that may have been previously stored erroneously.
7. When you have entered the desired opening message, press the [H/L] key momentarily to confirm the message, then press the PTT key to save the settings and exit to
normal operation.
Set Mode Item 31 [RESUME]
Function: Selects the Scan Resume mode.
Available Values: 3 SEC/5 SEC/10 SEC/BUSY/HOLD
Default: 5 SEC
3 SEC/5 SEC/10 SEC: The scanner will hold for the selected resume time, then resume
whether or not the other station is still transmitting.
BUSY:
The scanner will hold until the signal disappears, then will resume
when the carrier drops.
HOLD:
The scanner will stop when a signal is received, and will not restart.
Set Mode Item 32 [RF SQL]
Function: Adjusts the RF Squelch threshold level.
Available Values: S1/S2/S3/S4/S5/S6/S8/S9+/OFF
Default: OFF
Set Mode Item 33 [RPT ]
Function: Sets the Repeater Shift Direction.
Available Values: SIMP/–RPT/+RPT
Default: Depends on the transceiver version, as well as the setting of Set Mode Item 5
[ARS].
Set Mode Item 34 [RX MD]
Function: Selects the Reciving mode.
Available Values: AUTO/N-FM/AM/W-FM
Default: AUTO (Mode automatically changes according to operating frequency.)
Set Mode Item 35 [RXSAVE]
Function: Selects the Receive-mode Battery Saver interval (“sleep” ratio)
Available Values: 200MS(1:1)/300MS(1:1.5)/500MS(1:2.5)/1S(1:5)/2S(1:10)/OFF
Default: 200MS
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SET MODE SUMMARY
Set Mode Item 36 [S SCH]
Function: Selects the Smart Search Sweep mode.
Available Values: SINGLE/CONT
Default: SINGLE
SINGLE: The transceiver sweeps the current band once in each direction starting on the
current frequency. All channels where activity is present (up to 15 in each direction) are loaded into the Smart Search memories. Whether or not all 31 memories are filled, the search stops after one sweep in each direction.
CONT: The transceiver makes a sweep in each direction as with the “SINGLE” mode,
but if all 31 channels are not filled after the first sweep, the radio continues
sweeping until they are all filled.
Set Mode Item 37 [SCNLMP]
Function: Enables/Disables the Scan lamp while paused.
Available Values: ON/OFF
Default: ON
Set Mode Item 38 [SHIFT]
Function: Sets the magnitude of the repeater Shift.
Available Values: 0.00 - 99.95 MHz (50 kHz increments)
Default: Depends on the operating band and transceiver version.
Set Mode Item 39 [SKIP]
Function: Selects the Memory Scan channel-selection mode.
Available Values: OFF/SKIP/ONLY
Default: OFF
SKIP: The scanner will “skip” the flagged channels during scanning.
ONLY: The scanner will only scan channels that are flagged (Preferential Scan List).
OFF: All memory channels will be scanned (the “flag” will be ignored).
Set Mode Item 40 [SPLIT]
Function: Enables/Disables split CTCSS/DCS coding.
Available Values: OFF/ON
Default: OFF
When this Set Mode Item is set to “ON,” you can see the following additional parameters
after the “RV TN” parameter while selecting the Set Mode Item 42: SQL TYP.
D CODE: DCS Encode only.
T DCS: Encodes a CTCSS tone and Decodes a DCS code.
D TONE: Encodes a DCS code and Decodes a CTCSS tone.
Select the desired operating mode from the selections shown above.
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Set Mode Item 41 [SQL]
Function: Sets the Squelch threshold level.
Available Values: LVL 0 - LVL 15 (Narrow FM), LVL 0 - LVL 8 (Wide FM)
Default: LVL 1 (Narrow FM), LVL 2 (Wide FM)
Set Mode Item 42 [SQL TYP]
Function: Selects the Tone Encoder and/or Decoder mode.
Available Values: OFF/TONE/TSQ/DCS/RV TN
Default: OFF
TONE: CTCSS Encoder
TSQ: CTCSS Encoder/Decoder
DCS: Digital Coded Encoder/Decoder
RV TN: Reverse CTCSS Decoder
Note: See also Set Mode Item 40: SPLIT regarding additional selections available during
“Split Tone” operation.
Set Mode Item 43 [STEP]
Function: Setting of the synthesizer steps.
Available Values: 5/9/10/12.5/15/20/25/50/100 kHz, or AUTO
Default: AUTO (Step automatically changes according to operating frequency.)
Set Mode Item 44 [TN FRQ]
Function: Setting of the CTCSS Tone Frequency.
Available Values: 50 standard CTCSS tones
Default: 100.0 Hz
CTCSS TONE FREQUENCY (Hz )
67.0
69.3
71.9
74.4
77.0
82.5
85.4
88.5
91.5
94.8
79.7
97.4
100.0
103.5
107.2
110.9
114.8
118.8
123.0
127.3
131.8
136.5
141.3
146.2
151.4
156.7
159.8
162.2
165.5
167.9
171.3
173.8
177.3
179.9
183.5
186.2
Set Mode Item 45 [TOT ]
189.9
192.8
196.6
199.5
203.5
206.5
Function: Setting of the TOT time
210.7
218.1
225.7
229.1
233.6
241.8
Available Values: OFF/1M/3M/5M/10M
250.3
254.1
–
–
–
–
(Minutes)
Default: OFF
The time-out timer shuts off the transmitter after continuous transmission of the programmed
time.
Set Mode Item 46 [TXSAVE]
Function: Enables/Disables the Transmitter Battery Saver.
Available Values: OFF/ON
Default: OFF
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SET MODE SUMMARY
Set Mode Item 47 [VFO MD]
Function: Selects or disables the VFO band edge limiting for the current band.
Available Values: BAND/ALL
Default: BAND
BAND: When the VFO frequency reaches the high band edge of the current band, the
VFO frequency will jump to the low band edge of the current band (or vice versa).
ALL: When the VFO frequency reaches the high edge of the current band, the VFO
frequency will jump to the low band edge of the next band (or vice versa).
Set Mode Item 48 [WX ALT ]
Function: Enables/Disables the NOAA Weather Alert Feature.
Available Values: OFF/ON
Default: OFF
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SPECIFICATIONS
General
Frequency Ranges:
(USA Version)
RX 0.5-1.8 MHz (BC Band)
1.8-30 MHz (SW Band)
30-76 (59) MHz (50 MHz HAM)
76 (59)-108 MHz (FM)
108-137 MHz (Air Band)
137-174 MHz (144 MHz HAM)
174-222 MHz (VHF TV)
222-420 MHz (ACT1)
420-470 MHz (430 MHz HAM)
470-800 (729) MHz (UHF TV)
(757-774) MHz (UHF TV)
800-999 MHz (ACT2; USA Cellular Blocked)
TX 144-146 (148) MHz
430-440 (450) MHz
Channel Steps:
5/9/10/12.5/15/20/25/50/100 kHz
Frequency Stability:
±5 ppm (14 °F to +140 °C [–10 °C to +60 °C])
Repeater Shift:
±600 kHz (144 MHz)
±1.6/5.0/7.6 MHz (430 MHz)
Emission Type:
F2 , F3
Antenna Impedance:
50 W
Supply Voltage:
Nominal: 3.7 V DC, Negative Ground
Operating: 3.2 - 7.0 V, Negative Ground (EXT DC Jack)
5.5 - 7.0 V, Negative Ground (EXT DC Jack with Charging)
Current Consumption:
150 mA (Receive)
58 mA (Standby, Saver Off)
20 mA (Standby, Saver On)
200 µA (Auto Power Off)
1.3 A (1.5 W Tx , 144 MHz) 3.7 V DC
1.8 A (3 W Tx , 144 MHz) 6.0 V DC
1.2 A (1 W Tx , 430 MHz) 3.7 V DC
1.5 A (2 W Tx , 430 MHz) 6.0 V DC
Operating Temperature: –4 °F to +140 °F (–20 °C to +60 °C)
Case Size (W x H x D):
1.9 x 3.2 x 0.9 inch (47 x 81 x 23 mm) (W/O knob & antenna)
Weight:
4.6 oz (132 g) With FNB-82LI & antenna
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Transmitter
RF Power Output:
1.5 W (@ 3.7 V FNB-82LI 144 MHz)
3 W (@ 6.0 V EXT DC IN 144 MHz)
1 W (@ 3.7 V FNB-82LI 430 MHz)
2 W (@ 6.0 V EXT DC IN 430 MHz)
Modulation Type:
Variable Reactance F2 , F3
Maximum Deviation:
±5 kHz (F2, F3)
Spurious Emission:
At least 60 dB below (HIGH)
At least 50 dB below (LOW)
Microphone Impedance: 2 kW
Receiver
Circuit Type:
AM, NFM: Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
WFM: Triple-Conversion Superheterodyne
Intermediate Frequencies:
1st
2nd
3rd
AM, NFM 47.25MHz 450 kHz
–
WFM
45.8 MHz
10.7 MHz
1 MHz
Sensitivity:
3 µV for 10 dB SN (0.5-30 MHz, AM)
0.35 µV TYP for 12 dB SINAD (30-54 MHz, NFM)
1 µV TYP for 12 dB SINAD (54-76 MHz, NFM)
1.5 µV TYP for 12 dB SINAD (76-108 MHz, WFM)
1.5 µV TYP for 10 dB SN (108-137 MHz, AM)
0.2 µV for 12 dB SINAD (137-140 MHz, NFM)
0.16 µV for 12 dB SINAD (140-150 MHz, NFM)
0.2 µV for 12 dB SINAD (150-174 MHz, NFM)
1 µV TYP for 12 dB SINAD (174-222 MHz, WFM)
0.5 µV for 12 dB SINAD (300-350 MHz, NFM)
0.2 µV for 12 dB SINAD (350-400 MHz, NFM)
0.18 µV for 12 dB SINAD (400-470 MHz, NFM)
1.5 µV for 12 dB SINAD (470-540 MHz, WFM)
3 µV TYP for 12 dB SINAD (540-800 MHz, WFM)
1.5 µV TYP for 12 dB SINAD (800 -999 MHz, NFM)
USA Version Cellular Blocked
Selectivity:
NFM, AM: 12 kHz/35 kHz (–6 dB/–60 dB)
WFM: 200 kHz/300 kHz (–6 dB/–20 dB)
AF Output:
50 mW @ 8 W for 10 % THD (@ 3.7 V)
100 mW @ 8 W for 10 % THD (@ 6.0 V)
Specifications are subject to change without notice, and are guaranteed within the 144
and 430 MHz amateur bands only. Frequency ranges will vary according to transceiver
version; check with your dealer.
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“AUTO” MODE PRESET OPERATING PARAMETERS
USA Version
FREQENCY RANGE (MHZ)
0.500 - 1.800
1.800 - 30.000
30.000 - 50.500
50.500 - 59.000
59.000 - 88.000
88.000 - 108.000
108.000 - 137.000
137.000 - 144.000
144.000 - 148.000
148.000 - 156.000
156.000 - 157.450
157.450 - 160.600
160.600 - 160.975
160.975 - 161.500
161.500 - 162.900
162.900 - 174.000
174.000 - 222.000
222.000 - 225.000
225.000 - 300.000
300.000 - 336.000
336.000 - 420.000
420.000 - 450.000
450.000 - 470.000
470.000 - 800.000
803.000 - 999.000
Cellular Blocked
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M ODE
AM
AM
AM
FM
WFM
WFM
AM
FM
FM
FM
FM
FM
FM
FM
FM
FM
WFM
FM
FM
AM
FM
FM
FM
WFM
FM
STEP
10 kHz
5 kHz
5 kHz
5 kHz
50 kHz
100 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
5 kHz
12.5 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
50 kHz
5 kHz
12.5 kHz
100 kHz
12.5 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
50 kHz
12.5 kHz
FREQENCY RANGE (MHZ)
0.500 - 1.800
1.800 - 30.000
30.000 - 76.000
76.000 - 88.000
88.000 - 108.000
108.000 - 137.000
137.000 - 160.600
160.600 - 162.025
162.025 - 174.000
174.000 - 222.000
222.000 - 300.000
300.000 - 320.000
320.000 - 420.000
420.000 - 430.000
430.000 - 440.000
440.000 - 470.000
470.000 - 800.000
800.000 - 999.000
M ODE
AM
AM
FM
FM
WFM
AM
FM
FM
FM
WFM
FM
AM
FM
FM
FM
FM
WFM
FM
STEP
9 kHz
5 kHz
5 kHz
5 kHz
100 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
50 kHz
12.5 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
12.5 kHz
25 kHz
12.5 kHz
50 kHz
12.5 kHz
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1. Changes or modifications to this device not expressly approved by VERTEX
STANDARD could void the user’s authorization to operate this device.
2. This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference including
received, interference that may cause undesired operation.
3. The scanning receiver in this equipment is incapable of tuning, or readily
being altered, by the User to operate within the frequency bands allocated
to the Domestic public Cellular Telecommunications Service in Part 22.
DECLARATION BY MANUFACTURER
The Scanner receiver is not a digital scanner and is incapable of being converted
or modified to a digital scanner receiver by any user.
WARNING: MODIFICATION OF THIS DEVICE TO RECEIVE CELLULAR
RADIOTELEPHONE SERVICE SIGNALS IS PROHIBITED UNDER FCC RULES
AND FEDERAL LAW.
Copyright 2003
VERTEX STANDARD CO., LTD.
All rights reserved.
No portion of this manual
may be reproduced
without the permission of
VERTEX STANDARD CO., LTD.
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